This chapter describes the Cisco Aironet client utility auto configuration feature used to automatically configure the Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Adapters (client adapters) on Apple PowerBooks and Power Macs running the Mac OS X (version 10.1) operating system.
The following topic are covered in this chapter:
•Introduction to Auto Configuration
•Executing the Configuration Script
Introduction to Auto Configuration
The Mac OS X client utility and driver installer (version 1.0.0) supports a special feature that allows a post installation script to execute following the successful installation of the client utility. The post installation script (hereafter referred to as the configuration file) consists of an XML script file, which contains parameters used to automatically configure the client adapter located in an Apple PowerBook or Power Mac running the Mac OS X (version 10.1) operating system.
The configuration script enables an administrator to selectively configure the following:
•Specify location profiles, where each profile is a collection of radio settings, wireless network settings, and network security settings for a particular wireless LAN.
•Load a specified radio firmware image into the client adapter.
•Specify the location profile to use at power-up.
The configuration script is an XML formatted file that allows easy editing and customizing of the wireless options for the client adapter. The configuration script allows you to specify one or more profiles for specific wireless networks. The configuration script must be named startup.dict and placed in the root directory of the Macintosh startup disk drive.
The configuration script file can be edited using a standard text editor, provided you are familiar with XML formatting or with an XML editor. Apple provides an XML editor (PropertyListEditor) in the Developer Tools package for the Mac OS X operating system. This editor simplifies the creation and editing of the configuration script file because it handles the XML formatting.
Refer to "Configuration Script Parameters," for configuration parameters and refer to "Creating a Configuration Script File," for instructions on using the PropertyListEditor to create the configuration script file.
Executing the Configuration Script
When the Mac OS X client utility and driver installer completes the installation and the Macintosh restarts, the information in the configuration script, startup.dict, is used to create location profiles and to configure your client adapter. The location profiles are saved on the Macintosh hard disk.