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Create a transparent local software update server
Authored by: marook on Oct 10, '07 11:52:50AM

Hi All,

Ok, the right way to do this, is via the Open Directory on your server.
Here is what to do:

1: Setup a Mac OS X Server, and make sure it resolves to correctly back and forth.
That means: name.domain.tld should resolve to the static IP you have given it, and the IP should resolve to the hostname. You can use the internal DNS server to do this.

2: Make the server an Open Directory Master.
(Without this, you can't puch preferences to the clients)

3: Start the SUS.

4: In Workgroup Manager, make a Computer List, and add the Mac's you want this to happen to, to the list. Set the SUS preference for this list, to you own server.
A shame it's not possible to set this kind of thing in the Guest Computers list.

Ofcource, the DNS 'hack' above would mean every computer on the network will use your SUS, as long as you make sure to puch them the right DNS server via DHCP - but this method is the 'correct' way to do it.

Hope it helps,


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