Archive for February 15, 2008

Netbooting MacBook Air

February 15, 2008

MacBook AirI had assumed that the driver for the USB Ethernet adapter was loaded at boot time, and not available to EFI. This would mean that you would not be able to NetBoot using the USB Ethernet adapter.

I assumed wrong.

While I don’t yet have a MacBook Air-compatible NetBoot (or NetInstall) image, the MacBook Air does attempt to NetBoot over its USB Ethernet interface:


Feb 15 09:53:10 xserve06 bootpd[1411]: BSDP DISCOVER [en2] 1,0:1e:c2:fb:b0:26 arch=i386 sysid=MacBookAir1,1
Feb 15 09:53:12 xserve06 bootpd[1411]: BSDP INFORM [en2] 1,0:1e:c2:fb:b0:26 arch=i386 sysid=MacBookAir1,1
Feb 15 09:53:12 xserve06 bootpd[1411]: NetBoot: [1,0:1e:c2:fb:b0:26] BSDP ACK[LIST] sent 172.30.160.46 pktsize 339
Feb 15 09:53:20 xserve06 bootpd[1411]: BSDP INFORM [en2] 1,0:1e:c2:fb:b0:26 NetBoot195 arch=i386 sysid=MacBookAir1,1
Feb 15 09:53:20 xserve06 bootpd[1411]: NetBoot: [1,0:1e:c2:fb:b0:26] BSDP ACK[SELECT] sent 172.30.160.46 pktsize 396

This is good news for our deployment – eventually we should be able to image MacBook Airs just like any other Mac.


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