New Features in MDS 1.3

MDS 1.3 introduces an enhanced version of Imagr to support folder paths, setting computer name when first running a workflow, and a new Automaton feature to reflash the firmware without pressing the programming button. You are also able to change the name of the disk image volume in preferences. MDS 1.3 will officially be released…

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Refactoring MDS Package Folder Path Config

We are currently developing a new way for MDS to handle the Packages & Apps path. Currently, when a user creates an MDS workflow and selects a value for “Packages & Apps Folder”, this is written to the Imagr configuration file by scanning the specified folder contents and writing information on the current contents of…

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MDS Automaton Command Line Interface

The MDS Automaton has a command line interface for changing modes and viewing/changing settings. In order to use the command line interface, download a serial terminal. In this article, the serial terminal Serial is used, but any serial terminal with the same settings should work. Setting up Serial Download Serial and install on macOS. When…

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MDS Speed Test

To test performance of MDS, we set up three machines in our lab to run a standard workflow: Mac Mini (MacMini8,1) (8 GB memory, T2) MacBook Air (MacBookAir8,1) (13″, 8 GB memory, T2, Touch ID) MacBook (MacBook8,1) (12″, 8 GB memory, 1 USB-C port) The MDS workflow was configured to erase and install macOS 10.14, with no…

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Create User with macOS Package

Note: The content of this post is no longer relevant as of MDS 1.4 in which a workflow can be configured to create a user account automatically. See version history. You can use a package to create an initial user on macOS with MDS using the pycreateuserpkg script from Greg Neagle on GitHub:

New Features in MDS 1.2

MDS is the fastest way to get Macs up and running. MDS 1.2 introduces import/export, package only installs, and more. MDS 1.2 will officially be released as a beta this week and a full release about a week after that. If you want to try it now, head over to downloads and give it a…

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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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New Features in MDS 1.1

MDS is the fastest way to get Macs up and running. MDS 1.1 introduces a large number of new features that have been requested by Mac Administrators. MDS 1.1 will officially be released as a beta this week and a full release about a week after that. If you want to try it now, head…

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Configure MDS Automaton

The MDS Automaton automates the keyboard presses needed to fully automate a Mac setup using resources from the MDS macOS app. When the MDS Automaton is plugged in to a USB port, it will send the keyboard command to boot to recovery (⌘R) then wait for a default 30 seconds; this is followed by the…

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Activating Mac Deploy Stick

Once you install the app and launch it, you’ll be presented with an option to purchase or activate : Enter the license key by clicking “Activate License” and enter in any email address and the license key: Click Activate and you will now have a fully activated copy of Mac Deploy Stick.