AutoDMG – System Imaging from the OS X Installer

I recently stumbled upon this rather nifty app called AutoDMG. As a regular user of DeployStudio, I’m usually left with the task of creating images. To do this, I usually set up a Mac with a fresh install, apply all of the software updates and apps that I want on the image – take an image of it and then deploy it using DeployStudio. Let’s take a look at how AutoDMG makes this process a lot quicker and effortless.

Basically AutoDMG allows you to create custom OS X images using a GUI interface. It effortlessly applies all of the latest updates from Apple to that image (if you so choose to have them) and then allows you install all of your own custom .pkg files! A complete image compiled in minutes rather than hours!

So when you open AutoDMG you are presented with this very simple GUI:

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A fairly self explanatary ¬†GUI. But let’s see what happens when put to work. Below you can see I have dropped the OS X Mavericks 10.9 installer on to the App:

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It has automatically detected that there are newer software updates from Apple available, so I’ve gone ahead and downloaded those updates and have checked to apply them to the image. The final section shows where you can drop your additional software on in .pkg format. I have a host of custom .pkg’s I have compiled which I will apply to this image:

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Once you are happy you can then set it off to work:

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As you can see the final result presents you with a custom .dmg deployable however you wish. You may simply restore it to a volume using something like Carbon Copy Cloner or if like me, you need to deploy it on a much larger scale, copy the image over to Deploy Studio and go from there ;)

AutoDMG is available here.

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