OS X imaging with FileWave Lightning

Create a vanilla OS X Image with FileWave Lightning without the command line

Although I feel comfortable creating OS X base images with InstaDMG, I was looking for an easier and faster method for people that are not used to the command line. Here are the steps needed to create a pristine OS X image ready for deployment via Lightning or DeployStudio.

1. Download Lightning from Filewave’s website

2. Drop it into your application folder

3. Start it up

Freshly started FileWave Lightning window
Freshly started FileWave Lightning window

4. Press the create button to create a new image

5. Drop your ‚Install OS X Mountain Lion‘ App Store download into the „Drop Additional Content Here“ area. It will be recognized as „Original Installation Media“

OS X 10.8 Installer from App Store dropped onto Lightning
OS X 10.8 Installer from App Store dropped onto Lightning

6. Drag any other packages you want to install onto the drop zone.

Some important packages added to Lightning
Some important packages added to Lightning

7. Press „Create Imageset“. This will take about 20 minutes on a MacBook Pro 15“ Retina.

Image creation completed
Image creation completed

8. Deploy the new image to mounted volumes or macs if needed

Deploy image to mounted volumes
Deploy image to mounted volumes

9. Make the image ready for DeployStudio

Press alt-command-R or choose „View -> Reveal Library in Finder“ to get to the new image. It is located at

~/Library/Application Support/FileWave/Lightning/ImageLibrary/{UUID}/asr.dmg

Copy it to your DeployStudio server for deployment and rename it as appropriate.

Show image location
Show image location

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Ruggero De Pellegrini

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2 Gedanken zu „OS X imaging with FileWave Lightning“

  1. Is there a way to add multiple user accounts too, I do this for schools and wyould like to add an admin account and a student account.

    thanks if you have any info.
    Larry

    1. Hello Larry

      As far as I know, you can only add one account to the image. But as stated here you could create an empty .pkg that runs a postflight script. Writing a script that creates multiple accounts should be fairly straightforward.

      Hope this helps. Cheers

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