Software Update Service

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  1. dridhas macrumors newbie

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    Hello guys,

    I just recently updated my OS X Server to 3.2.1 and everything is working fine so far...

    Also, i enabled the Software Update service and i noticed that it reads updates from 2005 up...

    is there any chance that can be modified just to show the updates for the current month??

    any help is appreciated...

    Thanks in advance.. :)
     
  2. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

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    unless you have older hardware that needs updating just use the caching server...
     
  3. dridhas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Having both services at the same time?

    Or just caching?

    Having just caching will let me have the users on my network use the update service from my server?

    Regards!!!
     
  4. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

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    just cashing.

    if you have only osx 10.9.x (mavericks) and iOS machines on your network the cashing service will cache any update you download on one computer and it won't redownload for others.

    https://www.yesdevnull.net/2013/10/os-x-mavericks-server-setting-up-caching-server/

    M,
     
  5. dridhas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    After setting up the caching service on the server, will I be able to point all my clients to that one for update downloads?
     
  6. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Caching server is not configured in any way on the clients, and it only works if you have a NAT environment.
    You can sort the display of updates in the Software Update service by date, but there's no way to limit which updates you see in the list.
    Note that if you're pointing clients to your software update server, they will only get updates from the server, so if you miss enabling any older ones on your server, the clients will not receive them.
     
  7. dridhas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So, after enabling the caching service, the rest of the clients will be able to download the software from the server?

    Or how does that work?

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    I have iTunes 11.4 to be installed on one client...

    How will this be cached for another client?
     
  8. chrfr macrumors 603

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    If your network uses NAT, yes. You turn on the caching server, one system will trigger the initial download from the internet, then your caching server will store it and the clients will be automatically redirected to the caching server.
     
  9. dridhas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do the clients need to be bound to the OD server?
     
  10. chrfr macrumors 603

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    No, as I said before, there is no configuration required on the clients.
     
  11. dridhas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    After setting the Caching service, is there a way to see what has been chached?

    Regards!!!
     
  12. talmy, Sep 22, 2014
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    You can't but it doesn't matter since it caches every update. You do get an indication of how much disk space is being used and what category of update is taking that space.

    You can see from the attachment and that I've got 7 Macs and 4 iOS devices to update that having this service has saved me hundreds of gigabytes of downloading. It's quite something to tell it to update something huge (like Xcode at over a gigabyte, or a new OS X release) and having it "download" in 10 seconds or less.
     

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  13. dridhas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Also, im assuming that the caching service will be removing the old software cached when new one comes in, am i correct?
     
  14. talmy macrumors 601

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    Yep, it seems to be first in first out. You can specify how much space to use for caching.
     
  15. dridhas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just another question helping understand the caching service...

    when the software gets cached, if someone else's downloads the same app, will it look for the server first and download/install faster??
     
  16. chrfr macrumors 603

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    That's the only thing the caching server does.
     
  17. talmy macrumors 601

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    Yes, that's exactly what happens. It will download from your server computer at the speed of your LAN rather than from Apple's servers at the speed of your ISP connection (or slower if Apple's servers are heavily loaded).
     
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