AutoCasperNBI & AutoImagrNBI 1.5.0 – the final major updates

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Today I have released my seemingly annual pre-JNUC post-new macOS updates to both AutoCasperNBI & AutoImagrNBI, these are likely to be the last major updates to the apps & quite possibly the last updates to the apps ever.

Below is why I have updated the apps, & why this is likely to be their last update.

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AutoCasperNBI & AutoImagrNBI 1.4.0, High Sierra Compatible & Sadness

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Another year, another macOS release & another update to AutoCasperNBI & AutoImagrNBI.

Details of the updates can be found below, as well as the sadness.

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AutoCasperNBI & AutoImagrNBI 1.3.4, Sierra compatible & other changes

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Earlier today, I released AutoCasperNBI & AutoImagrNBI 1.3.4. Both of these are now Sierra compatible as well as signed.

For more information about the changes to these apps, see below.

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10.11.2: Cannot Enable ARD or VNC if /Library/Application Support/Apple/Remote Desktop is missing

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A issue was opened recently for AutoCasperNBI, where 10.11.2 NBI’s generated for not accessible over ARD or VNC.

Some digging revealed this this only affected NBI’s with the “Reduce Image Size” option selected.

NBI’s for 10.7.x – 10.11.1 work fine over ARD or VNC with that option selected, so some investigation was needed. Below is the investigative work, but you can also skip straight to the resolution.

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Project Updates October 2015

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So it’s been a busy few months, whilst I’ve generally been falling apart I’ve also been busy with various projects I own or am involved in & a side project to those has had a massive update.

As such, I felt it was a good time to quickly post an update on the goings on. Details below.

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AutoCasperNBI, AutoImagrNBI & El Capitan

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Update 25/10/15: The post has been updated with my findings & explains the additions in AutoCasperNBI & AutoImagrNBI where applicable.

On Wednesday Apple unleashed the 11th iteration of OS X, El Capitan.

This release has had a number of under the hood changes that have affected AutoCasperNBI & AutoImagrNBI, some like csrutil have been detailed here.  The two main issues can be found in greater detail below.

Now, don’t fret, these changes are not insurmountable. They just mean that neither AutoCasperNBI nor AutoImagrNBI will have 10.11 releases available for a few weeks.

This should be fine as there’s no urgency for 10.11 NBIs as, at the time of writing, all current Macs can boot to 10.10.

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Introducing AutoImagrNBI

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AutoImagrNBI_256 Say hello to AutoCasperNBI’s relative AutoImagrNBI.

As the name implies, AutoImagrNBI is a variant of AutoCasperNBI but will create NetBoot images for use with Imagr.

This came about as the requirements for an NBI for Imagr are similar to that of Casper Imaging, & so hasn’t been a massive amount of work needed.

AutoImagrNBI differs from AutoNBI in that the end result is a NetBoot Image & not a NetInstall Image. A NetBoot Image is a full OS that can be made available for network booting, whereas NetInstall is a limited environment. AutoImagrNBI can also create a DMG for restoring to external media such as USB sticks.

Click here to go to AutoImagrNBI’s user guide & download link.