Talk:Standard Operating Environment

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Nice to see the article was renamed, effectively removing my name from the credits Glover (talk) 15:29, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

This article is like a sales brochure for HP!

SOEs on Mac OS X[edit]

There's a couple of interesting points. The first is that the basic install of Mac OS X is itself a complete SOE, more so than say Windows or Linux, since you can take an image on one system and use it directly on another (which meets the basic requirements for that version of the OS). You can go so far as to take a hard drive out of one model and put it into another and run without issues. This is because the hardware is well defined, so the OS includes the necessary drivers. The second point is that Mac OS X Server includes a number of tools for creating, customising, and deploying images, providing Network Installation or Network booting. These include tools to run customisation scripts based on the hardware model, or MAC address or other details. This allows you to take a base OS install, and based on parameters, customise the final build. This is more than a disk image, in that you can specify post install instructions, and package in different software or customise the environment based on different criteria. Eg, you script it to automatically only install the accounting software on the accounting computer. There is also the facility to use TCP/IP multicast to deploy an image over the network to many, many computers simultaneously.

I realise that these are not necessarily specific to Mac OS X, but I wanted to illustrate that there are tools provided by Apple to go beyond the very basic and simple disk image method. And also highlight that the well defined hardware provides some possibilities not readily available in more heterogeneous hardware platgforms (talk) 06:17, 4 May 2012 (UTC)