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    Silent Background System Update - Mac

    Hi,

    Is there a way, i can have my mac suite automatically download and install updates without the logged on user having any interaction.

    At the moment, I have software update service running on a mac mini server which works great, but i have to set clients up install the downloaded updates.

    I have searched but couldnt find anywhere, hoping someone here is doing it

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    Do you use Apple Remote Desktop? I run a Unix command 'softwareupdate -i -a'. This downloads and installs updates from the software update server without needing any client end interaction.

    Hope that helps

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    Cheers mate, thats just what i need!

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    The command is in the terminal templates under miscellaneous if i recall correctly. You could even schedule the command to run at a set time during the day if you know that the machines will be online at that time. If you have a task server, in theory you could run the command against that and this would in turn run on the client as soon as they appear online.
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    Munki can do this as well as deploy other software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Cook View Post
    Munki can do this as well as deploy other software.
    Yeah, I've been meaning to look at Munki for a while now, but never got around to it.

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    You beat me to it Tom! Whoever told you that command must be a Genius!

    Quote Originally Posted by tom_pearson View Post
    Do you use Apple Remote Desktop? I run a Unix command 'softwareupdate -i -a'. This downloads and installs updates from the software update server without needing any client end interaction.

    Hope that helps

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    MacTech have a series of guides showing you how to setup Munki. I need to do this myself at some point.

    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

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