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Systems Management Question


K1000 and Mac OS updates.

05/26/2015 4457 views
I am looking at KACE to manage my Mac endpts.  I've seen a lot of talk about pushing applications to the mac and file types, etc. But how are people's experience with pushing OS updates, like Yosemite? I am in a KACE trial period and I am seeing some updates in the App Store that aren't being seen by KACE.  I don't think it's a configuration setting.  For example, my MAC app store says I need OS X Yosemite Recovery update 1.0, but in KACE it's not in the catalog.  

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KACE receives its update catalog through Lumension and I don't believe Apple publishes their updates through that service. You can use KACE to run scripts that will run the terminal commands to install MacOS updates. Updates from the AppStore can be bundled from one computer and pushed to the other computers that need that update.

Also, it isn't an acronym (Mac, short for Macintosh, not MAC).

Answered 05/27/2015 by: chucksteel
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  • Some Apple patches are available, say to update Yosemite to 10.10.2 or 10.10.3. Past that, most security updates are made available. Typically, if there is an update needed and not in the feed, it can be requested to be added. But, as chucksteel said, you an always run a managed install or script to install an update.
    • Ok, so it's 'hit and miss' whether or not an update will appear in the feed. That's somewhat disappointing...glad there is a workaround though, I'll have to see how much work that adds to managing the Macs (updated my syntax in the question, tks ;)
      • That's not exactly accurate. Security updates from Apple should always show in the KACE feed. The specific one you mention likely isn't seen as a security patch. That said, if it's needed, a request can be made to KACE to have it specifically added to the feed. Sometimes this can be done, other times not depending on EULA and other factors. A specific example of this would be "Command Line Tools for OS X 6.3". This cannot be added because of the EULA.

        If it can't be done, a managed install or script can always be used to deploy the update.

        It's also possible that the update you refer to would show up if application patching was enabled.
  • Understood. Thanks for clarifying.

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