Oct 1, 2015 - met with Marc Thoma. Will continue with setting up login script, my first attempt will be using launchd.
Sept 24, 2015 - successfully installed DeployStudio on a portable SSD and imaged the iMac I brought back from linguistics. I also have a tentative meeting with Marc in systems and will which will hopefully provide me with some shortcuts along the way.
After spending most of the morning bringing linguistic lab workstations up-to-date the old fashioned way I'm again turning my attention to how I envision this working in the future. I think it will be useful to describe how I want this to work and the tools that I've learned will likely make this happen.
Up to 15 workstations, 12 running Mac OS X (I'd like to use El Capitan if possible in the future), at least one of which will be a dual boot into Windows (likely win7 but we'll see), and two PCs running win7 . They need to be up-to-date and configured with the specific software and hardware support linguistics needs for its students and grad students. The best case for me is that MOST of this will be done remotely (the Macs especially). This is the challenge.
I'm going to try and use DeployStudio. First to make the images required, and then to push those images to the workstations, by (in the easiest case) portable HDD, and then ideally by Netbooting and installing remotely. I've downloaded DeployStudio and will commence with a prototype tomorrow.
I'm still faced with the problem of a default profile that all authenticated netlink users will get when they log in. Ideally I would like to configure a default user profile. However, I consider this secondary, as netlink users can still use and configure the workstations installed software as needed, but I still think it would be nice. I think that launchagent likely holds the key to setting up user preferences at login.