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Create a transparent local software update server
Authored by: allanmarcus on Oct 10, '07 11:48:42AM
I'm the primary Mac admin at the Los Alamos National Lab. We have over 3000 Macs and we run our own update server. Actually, we test on a Mac OS X Server, then we have a number of XServes with round robin DNS running Mac OS X client and personal web sharing to serve up the actual updates.

To have the clients connect to our server and not Apples, we execute the following:

defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate CatalogURL http://ourserver.lanl.gov/

The documentroot of the apache servers point to the dir with all the updates. Works great.

If you image machines, you just make the change in the image. If you manually build machines, you just all the defaults write command to your check list. In our cast, we have a hardening tool that secures the Macs, and defaults command is in there.



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Create a transparent local software update server
Authored by: marook on Oct 10, '07 11:56:55AM

3000 Mac's and you don't use OD??? WOW!
See my post below.. ;-)

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/Marook



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