After doing all my pre-deployment testing I find that my computer gets cluttered and I often wipe and re-configure every few months. I have gotten tired of that so I wanted to share these two (very helpful) links in case you are running into a similar issue. Use a High Sierra VM!
Configuring a High Sierra VM on a Mac:
Nice idea but why not just create an image and re image using something like deploy studio or even Carbon copy cloner?
Yes it might be faster than re-imaging but depending on what hardware your running on the system might run like your on a piece of 10 year old hardware... For the sake of 10 minutes I would rather have something running natively.
I have personably moved away from images with the SSP. If I can’t do something on the VM I just remote into a machine with ARD.
Yes ARD is ok most of the time but has never been 100% solid in my use. The "task Server" feature was a flop and never really worked. It has such potential but as Apple is not interested in anything but Consumer and selling iPhones I don't see it ever being useful for mass deployment.
yeah, when ARD works -- it works well. but when it doesn't, it can hang/not refresh/stall out and gets frustrating pretty quickly.