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Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Lion Server Essentials by Ben Greisler, Arek Dreyer

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Managing Computers with NetBoot

Think about the ways in which you boot your computer. Most often, your computer starts up from system software located on the local hard drive. This local startup provides you with a typical computer experience of running applications, accessing information, and accomplishing tasks. When you perform an OS installation for versions of OS X prior to Lion, you could boot from a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM disc.

Managing a single standalone computer isn’t much of an inconvenience. However, imagine managing a lab of computers. Every time you need to upgrade the operating system or install a clean version of OS X, you would need to boot each computer in the lab from the installation CD or DVD disc or from Lion Recovery. Even with ...

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