MDS

The Fastest Way to Deploy Macs – For Free!

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Deploy Macs in Minutes

Quickly set up and provision Macs with MDS. Within minutes of a Mac pulled out of the box, it will be set up, configured, and ready to deploy. MDS works with all Macs, including new Macs with Secure Boot and System Integrity Protection. MDS sets up all the resources for booting from the recovery partition or an external drive, wiping and installing macOS, and installing require packages. It is the easiest, fastest way to deploy Macs.

See It In Action

Features

  • Create Workflows
  • Install Packages
  • Install macOS
  • Label Workflows
  • Automate Restores
  • Create Bootable macOS Volumes
  • Configure Automaton
  • Save to Disk Image
  • Save to External Volume
  • Add Packages to Workflows
  • Add Workflow Descriptions

Paid Support

  • Enterprise
  • $2999
  • Yearly Subscription
  • 1 Year Support for unlimited number of Macs.

     

     

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Restore from the Recovery Partition

MDS works by booting from the recovery partition (holding command-R at boot) and restoring from an external drive or web server and then installing optional packages. In the past, administrators used NetBoot or booting from an external volume, but currently shipping Macs do not support NetBooting or booting from an external drive without changing security settings.

 

Completely Free!

MDS is free! Use it to deploy as many macs as you want for as long as you want. It is also open source hosted on bitbucket so you can depend on it being around in the future.

We offer paid support options and encourage you to support the project by purchasing a license, but you are under no commitment to do so. We also sell MDS Automatons to fully automate your Mac deployments, but also make the source and compiled version of the firmware available to do it yourself.

Perfect Complement for MDM & DEP

MDS does not replace a client management system, but works seamlessly with it. Whether you are using Munki, FileWave, or an MDM-based client management system, use MDS to install the package that installs the client or enrolls the system.

If you are using Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP), MDS can be used to quickly restore non-responsive systems with an automated workflow for re-installing macOS.

Create External Resources on External Drive

MDS can save the macOS installer, workflows, and configuration on an external volume for quick and easy access. Boot up from the recovery partition or the external drive, and you have all the resources you need for re-installing macOS and installer packages.

Deploy from Any Web Server

MDS goes beyond external volumes. Export resources to a disk image and then copy the disk image to any web server. You can then restore the Mac directly from a web server in the recovery partition without any external resources. Boot into recovery, mount the image from the web server, run the workflow selector (Imagr) and go.

Automate with an Automaton

If you are deploying a lot of Macs, speed is important. Let the Automaton do the keystrokes for you. Using an inexpensive Arduino Micro, MDS turns it into a powerful Automaton that fully automates the process. All you do is start up the Mac with the option key held down, insert the Automaton into any USB port and you are done. The Automaton does the rest.

Use a macOS Externally Bootable Disk

MDS walks you through creating a bootable external disk so you can run workflows from an external drive or do maintenance on macOS without booting into the internal drive.

What Our Customers Are Saying

“This is fantastic.”

“The automaton is so *cute*!”

“Now you’re getting real”

“What a great idea #macdeploystick is”

😎👍!

“http://twocanoes.com makes the coolest MacAdmin tools!”

Refreshing my labs just got a whole lot easier!

“I used MDS for around 20-30 MacBook Pros. It worked flawlessly. I’ll be using it for more than 100 Macs soon.”

MDS News & Tips

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