MDS Admin Guide

Overview MDS is a macOS application to create the resources needed to automate the install of macOS and initial software packages. Recent Macs do not support NetBoot or booting to external drives for setup. MDS solves this problem by providing a mechanism for initially installing macOS and software packages via the recovery partition. Requirements for…

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Configure MDS Automaton

The MDS Automaton automates the keyboard presses needed to fully automate a Mac setup using the resources for the MDS macOS app. Specifically, when the MDS Automaton is plugged in to a USB keyboard, it will send the keyboard command to boot to recovery (command-R) then wait for a default 30 seconds. The keyboard commands…

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Deploying macOS and Windows 10 Using Winclone Pro and MDS

Note: Please use MDS 1.5 or later and Winclone Pro 7.3.3 or later. MDS is a free, efficient way to deploy macOS, packages, and scripts to modern Macs. Winclone Pro creates standard macOS packages that partition and install Windows 10. Using MDS, you can quickly deploy Dual Boot Macs, setting up both the Mac partition…

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MDS 2: ASR Imaging and MDM / DEP Deployment

MDS 2 add in some big new features. ASR imaging reduces macOS install times from 22 minutes to less than 2 minutes. MDS 2 also integrates microMDM for features such as macOS setup assistant customization, remote management (ARD) screen controls, DEP, and lots more. Watch the video to see a demo of these exciting new…

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Creating and Importing MDM Push Certificates into MDS

In order to manage Macs with MDM, MDS requires an Apple-signed Push Notification Certificate to talk with the Apple Push Notification Service (APNS). There are a number of different ways to obtain this certificate, but the easiest and fastest way is with Twocanoes Software.  Twocanoes Software does not provide the Apple-signed Push Notification Certificate since…

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Deploying Macs with Workflows, MDM and Device Enrollment

MDS 2 adds in Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Deployment Enrollment. Deployment Enrollment is part of Apple Business Manager (ABM) or Apple School Manager (ASM). Since many of these technologies overlap, understanding how the options work will help decide which ones to choose when deploying Macs in different environments. Deploying macOS When a new Mac…

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Downloading macOS installers with MDS

MDS uses the macOS installer for installing macOS as well as for preparing disk images for restoring with Apple Software Restore (ASR). Open Download macOS Window In the main MDS window, select “Download macOS” in the the Toolbar. Select Catalog Select the catalog for the different feeds from Apple Software Update servers. Select macOS Installers…

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Manual MDM Enrollment with MDS 2

MDS 2 uses an MDM service to allow Mac clients to be easily set up by enrolling in the MDM service. Upon enrollment, resources such as software packages, scripts, and profiles are automatically installed. Installation of a client management binary such as Munki can be installed for further configuration and installation and configuration of a…

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Device Enrollment with MDS 2

MDS 2 not only has a MDM service built-in, it also makes it easy to configure macOS clients that are available to Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager for assigning to the MDM service in MDS. A newly purchased Mac can be set up by a simple opt-in during Setup Assistant and all the…

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