USB Netboot

New Contributor


I am investigating replacing deploy studio with casper, the majority of the desktop estate netboots deploy studio without issue apart from one area that has static ip's and no dhcp to work with a media asset system.

Currently I use deploy studio's create a netboot set to an external HD and add a script that check's the mac address and sets the static ip allowing the system to login deploy studio and run workflows, has anyone done anything similar with casper to allow central deployment on ip ranges that can not netboot.

Thanks in advance



Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

@howarth AutoCasperNBI has an option to create a Restorable DMG for this very need.

So with AutoCasperNBI you can create both the NBI as well as a DMG for restoring to USB media to boot Macs from.

New Contributor

You can run Casper Imaging from Mac OS X. If you have a bootable drive you use for diagnostics (that boots Mac OS X), you can just put Casper Imaging on that.

You can also use AutoDMG and AutoCasperNBI to create a bootable disk image designed specifically for Casper Imaging. There's an option to create a disk image that can be restored to a USB drive.

[SanDisk Cruzer Extreme]( flash drives (amazon link) are great for making portable, bootable diagnostic drives. They're a good price, yet fast enough to use as a boot drive.

Contributor II

AutoDMG and AutoCasperNBI are definitely the way to go!

New Contributor

hey guys - what is the key cmds to boot from usb

Valued Contributor

Hold down Alt on boot