NetBoot – a nail in the coffin?

Apple have updated the following articles:

Create a NetBoot, NetInstall, or NetRestore image: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202770

Mac startup key combinations: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201255

The following parts stick out in particular:

nb1.png

…and…

nb2.png

I believe NetBoot is no longer possible on an iMac Pro, even if you disable Secure Boot, as outlined here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208330 – I haven’t actually got an iMac Pro to test this on, so if anyone could confirm, that would be fantastic. I’m also not sure if Internet Recovery (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204904 and https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201314) works, but assume it does as Apple haven’t updated those articles (yet).

The 2.6 release of Configurator adds functionality to recover iMac Pros, in a similar fashion to a DFU restore on iOS devices: https://help.apple.com/configurator/mac/2.6/#/apdebea5be51

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the next round of Mac releases… interesting times indeed…

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Author: n.martin

Managing 450-odd Macs at a university, innit.

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