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OS X Mountain Lion Server For Dummies by John Rizzo

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Using Software Update Server to Control Updates from the Server

Mac users are accustomed to getting notices from Software Update telling them that Apple has a software update ready for them — that is, unless they’ve turned off Software Update. Some users may choose to install the updates and some may not, so if you’re managing your organization’s Macs, you may not know exactly what configuration your users have. In addition, Apple sends updates to OS X, Safari, iTunes, AirPort Utility, and other items. Your organization may not need or want them all.

Mountain Lion Server’s Software Update Server ends the uncertainty. It downloads Apple’s software updates to your server, providing them to users all at once over your local network. This feature lets you control the software versions on users’ Macs and prevents them from installing updates for which your organization may not be ready.

Software Update is a service listed in the Server app’s sidebar. Here’s how to use it:

1. Select Software Update in the sidebar and then click the big switch to the On position.

The Software Update pane defaults to the Settings tab, as shown in Figure 16-26.

Figure 16-26: The Settings pane of Software Update.

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2. Select one of the two options:

Automatic: Downloads all updates from Apple and enables them for installation on clients

Manual: Lets you select which updates to download and send ...

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