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Support for APFS in macOS High Sierra

With Apple's transition to macOS HIgh Sierra and their new APFS file system protocol, I would like to see native support for APFS when creating a Mac KBE netboot. As Apple recommends moving to APFS with High Sierra, it is not good practice to continue hobbling along with the older file system format.

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  • Brandon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If not APFS support then offer Mac OS MDM control through Kace Cloud MDM

  • Richard Heffern commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is indeed a very serious problem and the user community needs an expected resolution date. My administrators are very unhappy and are seriously looking into deployment systems by other companies.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This should be a more well known issue. Essentially there's no way to use this product with any new MAC's this needs to be resolved.

  • Andrew McNaughton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Do the commenters know that APFS is only for SSD's? It's not a replacement for HFS+ on HDD's. Many of Quest's customers won't have huge swathes of SSD's in their Macs yet.

    You could run a post install task with:

    diskutil apfs convert <relevant partition/slice reference>

    but you might want to build some intelligence around it to detect whether there is an SSD there in an environment where you have both HDD and SSD Macs.

    There can be complications with older Macs that need their firmware updated to be able to read APFS. These firmware updates are embedded in the Install macOS app and not officially available as standalone updates. This could be an additional hurdle for Quest to get around. Some folks have come up with a standalone method to apply the firmware updates, but I haven't personally tried this yet. You'd need to get the firmware updated prior to conversion.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any word on this? K2000 has always been the goto for Mac up until the handoff to Quest. Now it seems Mac support has gone by the wayside. Really need this yesterday.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We are now transitioning our entire company to High Sierra and because APFS is not supported, we cannot use K2000 for anything. It is a complete waste of money. We really need to have this or we will need to find a new product.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree. When is this going to happen? This could turn off a lot of people moving to Quest.

  • Steve Kent commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Complete agree with the poster! The answer from Quest/KACE should not be "stick with the old" HFS+ and don't follow what Apple says is the proper way to setup a Mac. Screw that -- Quest/KACE update your product or we're moving on!!

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