This article is for archive purposes. The current recommended method of mass deployment with ARD is using the package installer. Please refer to the package installer documentation.
You can use Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) to copy a Winclone image to a remote Mac, create an additional partition for Windows, and extract the Winclone image into the newly-created partition. You can perform these tasks on a theoretically infinite number of remote Macs. This guide assumes:
Assuming that you have a lab full of single-partition Macs that you can control with Apple Remote Desktop, use this guide to use ARD to copy your Winclone Pro image to multiple Macs and then use Send UNIX Command to:
You can adapt this guide to your specific needs. As examples, if your Macs already have two partitions, you don't need to use ARD to create an additional partition, and if your Winclone image is already part of your Mac image, you don't need to use ARD to copy it to your remote Macs.
Open Winclone Pro and choose your Winclone image in the sidebar. If your Winclone image isn't already in the sidebar, you can drag it there from the Finder.
From the Tools menu, choose "Make Self Extracting". This creates a perl script that you can later use to extract the image. This means that you don't need to install Winclone on the remote Mac.
At the "Make Self Extracting" window, click Copy.
After a brief moment, you see the Completed window. Click OK.
Verify that Winclone Pro actually created the perl script. In the Finder, Right-click (or Control-click) your Winclone image, and choose "Show Package Contents".
You will see a new folder in the Finder. In this folder, confirm that the item "winclone.perl" exists.
You can close this Finder window.
One advantage of using ARD to copy Wiclone is that if you select multiple Macs, ARD attempts to use multicast to perform the copy to preserve network bandwidth.
You may decide to go do something else while the copy takes place, because it could take a while.
Use ARD to create an extra volume for the Windows volume. Choose your remote Mac.
In OS X Lion, there is some space taken up by the Lion Recovery Volume, so you have to specify the Mac size, but leave the Windows size as zero, and diskutil will automatically make the Windows volume take up the rest of the avaialble disk size. For example, if you want to keep the Mac volume at 50% and the Windows volume at 50%, you would enter "diskutil resizeVolume / 50% MS-DOS WINDOWS 0b". Some things that are helpful to know about this command:
ARD opens a new window with the progress of your UNIX command. While this won't take as long as copying the image, it could take more than a few moments.
Here's an example of the resize action that completed successfully. Some things to note:
In the following example, the raw disk size is 120BG, 75% of the disk is taken up by the OS X volume, some is taken by the EFI and Lion Recovery volumes, which leaves around 24% of the disk for the Windows volume. If you really want to fine-tune the settings when you run diskutil resizeVolume, go right ahead; using 0b for the size is a quick shortcut.
Note the device identifier for the newly created Windows volume; you'll need it soon. In this example, it is disk0s4.
Jot the device identfier somewhere, and close this results window.
Prepare to send the winclone extraction command.
In the Send UNIX Command field, enter the following information:
Enter "-ntfs_partition=", followed by the device name from output of the diskutil resizeVolume" command earlier (in this example, /dev/disk0s4)
Double-check to make sure that your command is written like the example, with white space between elements of the command only where appropriate.
Click User to "Run command as".
Enter "root" in the "Run command as User" field.
It may take a while for the Winclone image to complete restoring. Currently, winclone via ARD doesn't give much progress information. You could open the Activity Monitor on a remote Mac, then clck the Disk Activity tab to monitor disk activity.
When the restoration is complete, the ARD results window contains information that the volume is mounted. Don't worry that the "percent completed" section is incomplete in the results section. Focus instead on the fact that it is mounted.
You can close this results window.
If you don't need your Winclone image hanging around, remove it from your OS X volume. However, if you re-image the Windows volume often, consider preserving the Winclone image on the remote Macs.
In the ARD main window, select your remote Macs, and then from the Manage menu, choose Restart.
Assuming that you have a lab full of single-partition Macs that you can control with Apple Remote Desktop, you can use ARD to copy your Winclone Pro image to multiple Macs and then use Send UNIX Command to: