CLC Mac Build Documentation

Updated 03/05/2010.

These instructions below detail how to build a CLC managed Lab or Kiosk Mac.

1. Obtain a portable firewire CLC Mac Build Drive from Kent Becker in CLC.

2. Power down the Mac that you want to rebuild.

3. Attach the firewire disk to the Mac's firewire 800 port. If the Mac doesn't have a FireWire 800 port then you'll need to find and use a cable that converts to a FireWire 400 port and connect that end to the Mac.

4. Press the Mac's power button to boot it up and immediately press the OPTION key on the keyboard until you either see a picture of a Padlock or an orange firewire disk icon. If you see the padlock screen, enter in the firmware password and press return or click the right arrow icon.

5. After entering in the password at the padlock the boot picker will be displayed.

Click the orange disk icon named PSU CLC Mac Build to boot the Mac from the external firewire CLC Mac Build disk.

6. Once the login window appears enter in the password for the CLC Mac Build user name.
7. After PSU Blast Image Config launches enter in the password again for the CLC Mac Build user name.
8. To build the Mac with a lab image, select CLC Lab Mac from the Select the configuration to use pop-up menu.
9. To build the Mac with a Kiosk image, select CLC Kiosk Mac from the Select the configuration to use pop-up menu instead. The rest of the build process is identical for both the lab and kiosk configurations.
10. Update the fields for current date and time and click the Apply button.

11. Next you'll see a few dialogs appear and automatically run that runs a pre-restore script that turns off sleeping of the CPU, display and hard drive.

12. Enter in the IP, subnet mask and router address for the Mac. As you enter in the IP address the router IP fields will also be updated automatically except for the last field, which you need to enter.

To move quickly to the next field press the [TAB] or period [.] key.

13. Now the main image restore dialog will appear. The first writable, largest volume will be erased and restored with the lab image automatically. Restore times can vary depending on the speed of the Mac and the size of the master image.

Recent restore times for the compressed 113 GB disk image (187 GB uncompressed) range from 1h36m to 1h55m.

14. After the Mac has been restored the file system is verified. If there is an error at this point it might be related to a failing hard disk. Try rebuilding the Mac with a different firewire disk and cable and if the issue still occurs the Mac is suspect and should be inspected further for possible needed repairs.

If the restore works fine with a different firewire build drive then it might be the issue - if so, mark the drive that is possibly bad and give it to one of the CLC Mac Team folks for testing.

15. Assuming there weren't any errors during restore process the network settings will be automatically applied.

16. The Mac will now automatically power down.

Once the Mac has completely powered down, unplug the firewire disk.

17. Press the Mac's power button to power it back up. Login with the lcsadmin userid to run the psuRefreshThisMacNow tool.

It's essential that you run this script so that the Mac has the most up to date files and fixes because the master lab image was a snapshot of the lab image from many months ago.

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Last Updated October 2, 2010