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Craig Alan
setting up a post lab with 30 Macs - need experienced advice
on Oct 14, 2013 at 5:12:10 pm

Setting up FCP X post lab with 30 Macs at a HS. Want to create a master student drive on an external drive enclosure to clone to student computers. Does anyone have experience with doing this?

I know how to un-package the OS X installer.

But the other Apple applications want to install by themselves. Can those apps be copied to the external master drive? Any step by step advice?

This is not just a question of installing apps. I need to set up user accounts and permissions on 30 computers. Would like to test out a master first then clone.

I did this for years with snow leopard and earlier and FCP 7 and earlier.

This app store is a new work flow for me. And even Apple reps admit that Apple has not thought this out for site licenses.

One more question: if one end user, namely me, needs to set up several Macs, for the admin (again me- I have one in the post lab, one in the studio, one at home and one portable) does that count as one license or 4? Again, Apple reps are a bit fuzzy on all this.

Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Camcorders: Panasonic AG-HPX170/AG-HPX250P, Canon HV30/40, Sony Z7U, VX2000, PD170; FCP 6 certified; write professionally for a variety of media; teach video production in L.A.


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James Cude
Re: setting up a post lab with 30 Macs - need experienced advice
on Oct 14, 2013 at 10:38:32 pm

For that many seats you quality for a 50% volume discount- which is fairly straightforward to install and administer, the code you get should be configurable in such a way as you could create a master disk image for all systems:

http://store.apple.com/us_smb_78313/product/D5977Z/A/final-cut-pro-x-volume...

For yourself as the end user- as long as the multiple Macs you install X on are not being used simultaneously you should be ok.


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