Deploying OS X updates to client computers

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by jackapple, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. jackapple, Oct 12, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2011

    jackapple macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    I'm sorry if this is a total noob question but as today's 10.7.2 update is the first update to have been released since owning Lion Server, does anyone have any advice as to how to deploy OS updates to client Macs running Lion?

    The excellent tutorials on WeGotServed about Lion Server have been tremendously helpful, but this specific issue hasn't been addressed yet and a Google or forum search didn't result in any help either.

    I noticed that in the configuration profiles inside of Profile Manager, we can specify a software update link. Is this the correct location to go about doing this? Again, sorry if this is completely obvious and I'm missing it.

    UPDATE: Found my answer in this helpful Apple Discussions post:
  2. jules1976 macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2010
    software update

    enable the software update service in osx server and point the osx clients to the server for there updates.
    I have tiger, leopard and lion clients all collecting updates from my snow leopard server.
    There is a command that has to be run the each workstation to point to the update server instead of the apple server. The command is only required if the clients are not managed, if they are managed configure the update server in the workgroup manager.

  3. nelek macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    Several options to do this :

    - Manually with Apple Remote Desktop
    - Centralized on a Mac OS X Server with the Update Service
    - Centralized on a Linux server with Reposado

    The last two are similar to WSUS on Windows. Reposado has the added advantage you can setup several update trees (e.g. Stable and Testing)

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