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Table of Contents
- What is Blast Image Config?
- System Requirements
- Blast Image Config Public Email List
- Revision History
- Reporting Bugs
What is Blast Image Config? (Top)
Blast Image Config (aka "BIC") is a complete software solution to quickly restore and configure a Macintosh back to a known state:
- Very easy to get up and running in no time.
- One of the fastest system image restore tools available.
- Restores asr ready (/usr/sbin/asr) disk images (.dmg) created with various tools: Apple Disk Utility and System Image Utility, InstaDMG, etc.
- Quickly restore a master system disk image (.dmg) via a local file, AFP/SMB/CIFS network servers, http, or from an asr multicast server, to a Mac's internal hard disk.
- Works great with a diskless NetBoot image, configured to launch at login and automatically restore an image to the Mac's internal hard disk.
- Excellent standalone solution (boot with and restore from a Firewire/USB disk/flashdrive) for restoring system disk images.
- Securely auto-mount AFP/SMB network servers to restore system disk images via BIC.
- Select default and autorun settings via Workflow Preferences and Workflows Manager system.
- Extensible through pre and post restore scripts.
- Configure and set the bootup firmware security, preventing unauthorized access via single (root) user mode and booting from external devices.
- Configure the network settings for "Built-in Ethernet" (pre 10.5) or "Ethernet" (10.5 and later) on the restored disk (via ncutil):
- IP Address : DHCP or Manual (Static)
- Subnet Mask & Router
- DNS Servers
- Network Names (Computer and Local)
- Supports Macs with dual on-board ethernet ports too (configures the "Built-in Ethernet 1" or "Ethernet 1" port in this case).
- Change the startup disk to the restored disk (via bless command).
- Set the date and time with international format support.
- Enable the Airport network interface (on Mac OS X 10.4.7 and later).
- Used by many Universities and Enterprise Companies.
- A Public Listserv for BIC discussions and announcements is available for support.
System Requirements (Top)
- BIC version 3.0 and later supports Intel based Macs running 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and later, including 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion). If you need support for Mac OS X 10.5 and earlier or PowerPC based Macs (G4, G5), please download BIC v2.9 instead, which is the last universal version to support PowerPC Macs, and is no longer being developed.
- Logged in as an admin user.
- For BIC v2.9 and earlier: For PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) Macs: If you desire Open Firmware security, the Mac to restore to must be capable of supporting it. Note that Open Firmware security settings are machine specific and not stored on the hard disk. All Intel Macs have EFI firmware security and are supported.
- With permission of Dr. Jeffrey T. Frey (ncutil developer), ncutil is now included with the download of the BIC disk image.
The current version of Blast Image Config is available for download below. Please note that it requires an Intel Mac running 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later:
You may also want to read over the new documentation for BIC v3.0 to get familiar with the new feature set and UI:
- BlastImageConfig-3.1.2.dmg (7.3 MB)
- Screen shots, Demo Videos
- BIC Firmware Passwords Editor
- BIC Workflows Manager
- BIC Workflow Preference Settings
If you need support for Mac OS X 10.5 and earlier or PowerPC based Macs (G4, G5), please download BIC v2.9 below, which is no longer being developed:
- PSUBlastImageConfig-2.9.3b2.dmg (8.8 MB)
All previous versions are available for download on the archives download page.
Blast Image Config Public Email List (Top)
This list is for announcements and discussion of topics related to the integration, deployment and support of Blast Image Config. Please note that technical support can be provided by anyone who subscribes to the list, not just the developer of Blast Image Config, who will also post to the list.
To join the PSU Blast Image Config discussion and announcements list, send an email to:
BlastImageConfig-L-subscribe-request [at] lists [dot] psu [dot] edu
You should then receive an email confirmation within a few minutes to complete the process of joining the list. Click the URL provided in the email to confirm that you want to join the list.
Archives of the list discussions are also available on the BLASTIMAGECONFIG-L Archives listserv page, as of 1/1/2010.
- How to Create Mac OS X System Images
- How to Automount A Network Server (To restore master disk images via BIC)
- BIC Firmware Passwords Editor (Required for BIC v3.0 and later)
- BIC 3.0 Screen shots, Demo Run Videos
- Run Demo (for BIC v2.9 and earlier)
- How to make a PSU BIC auto restore DVD
- macenterprise.org Webcast slides:
- May 24, 2004 MacEnterprise.org Webcast on PSU Blast Image Config 2.0 (Download Slides)
- Initial Building:
- How to Build a CLC Managed Lab Mac
- How to Build a PSU Signature Station Mac via an external FireWire Disk
- How to build a PSU Mac via the PSU Mac Lab Build DVD (Old, was for Mac OS X 10.2)
- Penn State MacAdmins Conference
- MacWorld Conference and Expo
- University of Utah: Mac Managers Meeting (April 21, 2010)
- May 25, 2006: University of Utah's review of Blast Image Config 2.0b11
Revision History (Top)
- More in-depth revision history is available for each version.
Reporting Bugs (Top)
There is a log file created during the execution of Blast Image Config for debugging purposes. If an error should occur during the execution of Blast Image Config, please follow these steps:
- Capture the error dialogs by pressing SHIFT + COMMAND + 3 to create an entire screen capture. The screen will be saved to a file on the desktop named "Picture 1.pdf".
- Dismiss any dialogs that PSU Blast Image Config might have displayed so that all errors get logged.
- Quit out of all applications.
- Copy the last run log file located in the 'Logs' folder, which is in the PSU Blast Image Config folder. If the log file wasn't found there then:
- In the Finder, under the Go menu, select Go To Folder... and enter in /tmp and press Return. The /tmp directory should be displayed in a new window.
- Copy the file that begins with PSUBlastImageConfig.RUN. and ends with .log. (An example filename is PSUBlastImageConfig.RUN.2003-08-08-20-18-35.log)
- Email the .log file AND screen capture to with as much information about the Mac's configuration as possible. As this is freeware, there are no guarantees that I'll be able to help you, but I'll do my best.
PSU Blast Image Config was created and is developed by Justin Elliott, developer and Manager of the Mac and Linux Teams in the Classroom and Lab Computing department at Penn State University. This software is released as freeware. Feel free to email me at with any questions, comments, feature requests, or bug reports you may have. Also consider joining the PSU BIC email discussion list for further support discussions.
The icon for Blast Image Config was created by David Stong, a graphic designer in the ETS department at Penn State. Thanks to Kenster Rosenberry for his brilliant insight and suggestions.
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