For the past few days have been working on establishing a Mac cloning system for the Greenhouse, which involved creating perfect, virginal OS9 and OSX installs packed with all the apps, drivers, and configuration we need for the mulitmedia skills classes. Once built, we’ll be using Carbon Copy Cloner to wipe the drive of Macs that tire of student abuse and reinstall the whole schmoo in 20 minutes.
What threw me was the fact that 5 of our Macs wouldn’t boot from the FireWire drive containing the clone, while the others were perfectly happy. The bad ones would see the FW volume, start to boot from it, then hang. Took half a day and several false starts to figure out that this was a Mac firmware problem. Updating firmware throughout the lab allowed all machines to boot from FW.
Our army of clones is almost complete, bwa ha ha ha ha!!!