Reprint: Extending the Casper Suite with Dummy Packages

Questions about this article have come up in conversations with other Mac sysadmins.  As the reprint rights have since reverted back to me, I’m glad to share the content.

This content is copyright © 2009-2011.  Permission is granted to redistribute the article in it’s unaltered form.

Download the article at the link below (opens in a new window):

http://goo.gl/owXAC

A few notes:

  • The Dummy Package/Dummy Receipt workflow is no longer necessary as of Casper Suite version 7.  Extension Attributes provide the same functionality in a much more usable (not to mention supported) fashion.
  • The script contained in the article can be altered to be used in an Extension Attribute. This will be covered in a follow up post on this site.
  • You may want to add terms other than “Firmware” to the script, such as “SMC”, “EFI”, etc., to cover all known firmware updates.

I hope some of you will find this article useful.

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