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#1 2019-07-19 14:32:38

Registered: 2017-04-20

1.7.9 Restores blank image


I am using 1.7.9 and have created a master from a Mac running 10.13.6, which is APFS format. The image is sitting inside the APFS folder.
I can boot a new machine using a 10.13.6 NBI, and select my 10.13.6 image to restore.The DeployStudio Runtime offeres me the Unix name of the drive to restore to, such as /dev/disk2s0 for example, or "use first available disk" - these are the only options despite the drive being called "SSD" or anything else I name it. If I erase the drive in Disc Utility, I still only have those options.

Anyway, I select to use the first available disc. The restore session begins and the image downloads to the machine, the workflow ends, and the machine reboots.

On reboot, the Mac gives me the flashing ? folder icon. If I boot back in to Deploy Studio and select Disc Utility, it shows me that the drive in the machine is blank with no files used, and it is called "Container disk1"

Does anyone know what is happening here? Why does it restore my image then reboot with a blank disk?


#2 2019-09-20 01:41:33

From: Boulder, CO
Registered: 2018-10-29

Re: 1.7.9 Restores blank image

The disk selection process isn't quite perfect under APFS. You have to either manually format the drives and name them or run a script to do it before executing a workflow.
In the workflow - don't select from the list, but specify the Volume name (eg. "System" or whatever you named the drive) to send the image to the correct drive.
You MUST select the "Restore Recovery partition" option even though it will fail.
Add a short script that does: diskutil apfs addVolume disk1 apfs Recovery -role R & ... apfs Preboot -role B" and then copies the Recovery and the Preboot files over and renames the folder to your System's UUID.

Last edited by ChristopherOsborn (2019-09-20 01:58:56)


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