Computer Labs - Reimaging Loaner Mac Laptops with a Provisioner Drive

Instructions for imaging a mac laptop once it is in circulation through the InfoLabs

Imaging a Mac Laptop

  1. Plug a Mac Provisioner flash drive into the computer
  2. Hold Option (⌥) while powering the Mac on until the Apple logo disappears
    • If you see an option to boot to "Install macOS Big Sur", choose that and press enter (see image below).
    • If no options appear, then press Command-R to boot into Recovery Mode.
  3. Notes: 
    • At this point in the process you may encounter a language picker. Choose English and continue.
    • At this point in the process you may a firmware update dialogue, choose update and wait for restart.
  4. Once in recovery mode, navigate to the top bar > Utilities > Terminal to open the terminal window (see image below).
  5. In the terminal window, type the below command and press Enter:
    • /Volumes/auto_restore/
  6. The Mac will stay in recovery mode for roughly 5 minutes before restarting and entering the general imaging state. You may remove the USB after the computer restarts.

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Recovery Terminal Menu ItemTerminal in Recovery Menu 


Keywords:Apple, Mac, computer labs, loaner, InfoLabs, MacBook, Air imaging provisioner   Doc ID:113533
Owner:Jay R.Group:General Library System
Created:2021-09-08 12:29 CSTUpdated:2021-09-14 07:25 CST
Sites:General Library System
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