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Create a transparent local software update server
Authored by: fkick on Dec 07, '12 06:36:04PM

Thanks to a software update today, Server X 2.2 (mountain lion) can now act as a transparent update server for snow leopard, lion, and mountain lion clients. To get it up and working for 10.6 and 10.7 clients, simply configure the dns and hosts files as you would have on a server running those OS files. The new "Caching" feature of Server 2.2 takes care of the rest for the mountain lion clients, as it caches all Software Updates (and APP STORE Downloads) for computers on the same network (as long as they share an external IP under NAT). While you lose the ability to enable/disable updates directly for 10.8.2 clients unless you set them up as managed users, this does work as a sort of transparent update server for them.

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