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Snow Leopard 302: Deployment

Snow Leopard 302: Deployment
  • Price £.00
  • Level Advanced
All major credit cards accepted


With Mac OS X and Apple hardware in more organisations than ever before, this training course provides a hand’s on class room approach to learning which will assist IT professionals to learn advanced OS X deployment techniques.

This course covers a portion of the knowledge necessary to become an Apple Certified System Administrator 10.6. ACSA 10.6 certification is granted upon successful completion of the Mac OS X Directory Services 10.6, Mac OS X Deployment 10.6, and Mac OS X Security and Mobility 10.6 exams.


This class is for Mac OS X system administrators who need to know how to streamline the process of installing and configuring a large number of computers running Mac OS X.

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending the course

  • Understanding of Mac OS X
  • Basic troubleshooting experience or Snow 101
  • Basic Mac OS X Server experience or Snow 201
  • Experience with Mac OS X in a network environment
  • Experience using the command-line interface with Mac OS X


The course also teaches students how to create a tiered Software Update server solution, as well as about third-party solutions to supplement tools provided by Apple. Students get hands-on experience in using tools such as Apple Remote Desktop, Disk Utility, PackageMaker, and System Image Utility and discuss the pros and cons of each for different deployment situations.

Course Content

Deployment Planning

  • Using the Deployment Planning Template
  • Understanding primary deployment concepts
  • Planning hardware deployment logistics; planning usage management

Deploying Individual Items and Containers

  • Mac OS X file deployment considerations
  • Using archive files for deployment
  • Using ARD 3 to deploy items
  • Using disk images for deployment

Deploying with Installation Packages

  • Understanding Mac OS X installation technology
  • Creating installation packages
  • Using installation package actions
  • Scripting, and snapshots
  • Deploying and maintaining installation packages
  • Third-party installation tools

Deploying Entire Systems

  • System deployment techniques overview
  • Creating a cloned system image
  • Creating a modular system image
  • Deploying system images
  • Third-party system image creation tools and Boot Camp

Using NetBoot for Deployment

  • Understanding the NetBoot service
  • Creating simple NetBoot images
  • Configuring the NetBoot service
  • Creating custom NetBoot images
  • Third-party system deployment tools

Postimaging Deployment Considerations

  • Postimaging client configuration techniques
  • Postimaging server configuration techniques
  • Third-party postimaging configuration tools

System Maintenance

  • Understanding system maintenance concepts
  • Using Apple tools for system maintenance
  • Using the Apple Software Update service
  • Third-party system maintenance tools

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