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#1 2016-07-26 16:10:53

pndpeoria
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Registered: 2016-07-26

Standalone, External USB Drive

I am having trouble creating a completely standalone, external USB drive. I'll admit I'm not terribly familiar with DS. I have read both the quick start and full documentation, as well as followed this advice:

Install» StandAlone External Drive
http://www.deploystudio.com/Forums/viewtopic.php?id=4965

Install» Is There a Completely Standalone, No Network, Deploy Studio Option?
http://www.deploystudio.com/Forums/viewtopic.php?id=4757

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My steps:
- Installed OS X 10.11.5 on a clean external drive.
- Booted to that drive, installed DeployStudio, repository located at /Users/Shared/Repository
- Launched DeployStudio Runtime to test. Everything works.
- Used DeployStudio Assistant to create external drive. Tried using localhost for server, then another try using 127.0.0.1.
- Boot to DeployStudioRuntime from external drive.

Runtime comes up, but bombs with message "Unknown host - The address is not valid or the host is unreachable." I get this message with either localhost or 127.0.0.1

This must be some small options I have overlooked. Help is much appreciated!

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#2 2016-07-26 17:42:18

Meat
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From: SF CA US
Registered: 2009-02-04

Re: Standalone, External USB Drive

Your steps:
- Installed OS X 10.11.5 on a clean external drive.
- Booted to that drive, installed DeployStudio, repository located at /Users/Shared/Repository
- Launched DeployStudio Runtime to test. Everything works.

There is no step 4.
That is your "standalone" external drive. Done.

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#3 2016-07-26 17:56:15

pndpeoria
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Registered: 2016-07-26

Re: Standalone, External USB Drive

Thanks, Meat, I understand.

So I need to revise my question, taking it a step further:
How then would one boot a machine from that drive, in to the DeployStudio Runtime, and image that machine without the need for networking?

A bit of background: A former employee had a drive with 10.5 installed. You have the choice at startup to boot to 10.5, or boot to the DS runtime, then install one of a number of images also stored on that drive.

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#4 2016-07-28 00:04:45

Meat
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From: SF CA US
Registered: 2009-02-04

Re: Standalone, External USB Drive

I can't speak to why, or how the former employee set it up that way, but as far as imaging a machine without a network connection goes, you're good to go.
Boot up the target machine from the external drive, launch DeployStudio Runtime, select your workflow and click the start button, select the target drive and click the start button.

If you can expect the target drive to always be the same, you can automate that part of the workflow, otherwise it's probably best to actually select the target drive as a "manual" (unautomated) step in the workflow.

Obviously, if you don't have a network connection, you'll need to copy your images (and any other resources you need, like packages, files, scripts... whatever the local repository should have for your workflows) to that drive.

Last edited by Meat (2016-07-28 00:08:59)

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#5 2017-06-15 19:42:27

pcombs1
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Registered: 2017-06-14

Re: Standalone, External USB Drive

Similar problem here in trying to create a standalone DeployStudio installation. Installed OS X Sierra on a clean external USB drive, then installed DeployStudio 1.7.6. Program complains about the Repository not being set up, and prompts to run the Assistant. Launched the Assistant from the System Preference panel as directed, choosing "Setup a DeployStudio server.". The program will not accept either localhost or 127.0.0.1 in the server address field--just gives the "Unknown host" error. What am I missing?

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#6 2017-06-21 20:58:04

pcombs1
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Registered: 2017-06-14

Re: Standalone, External USB Drive

Anyone...?

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#7 2017-06-23 20:28:23

Meat
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From: SF CA US
Registered: 2009-02-04

Re: Standalone, External USB Drive

You need to specify the port, like https://localhost:60443 or https://127.0.0.1:60443

Last edited by Meat (2017-06-23 20:29:58)

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