Checking for available software updates

Article:HOWTO63756  |  Created: 2011-12-16  |  Updated: 2011-12-16  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO63756
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Checking for available software updates

You can check target Mac computers for the software updates that they require. When you run the Check Available Updates Task, the target Mac computers download software update information from Apple and then report the list of available updates to Notification Server.

To ensure that the list of available software updates on Notification Server is kept up-to-date, schedule the task to run twice a week. Configure the task to run on the All Patchable Mac Computers target.

If you want to quickly check Mac computers for compliance, you can run the task immediately.

After you collect software update information from Mac computers, you can view this information in reports.

See Viewing the list of available software updates.

See Implementing Patch Management Solution for Mac

To check for available software updates

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Jobs and Tasks.

  2. In the left pane, expand System Jobs and Tasks > Software > Patch Management > Mac, and then click Check Available Updates Task.

  3. Under Task Status, click New Schedule.

  4. Under Schedule, do one of the following:

    • If you want to run the task immediately, click Now.

    • If you want to schedule the task, click Schedule, and then configure the schedule. Symantec recommends that you schedule this task to run twice a week.

  5. Under Input, click Add > Target.

  6. Click Open.

  7. In the Open dialog box, click All Patchable Mac Computer Target, and then click OK.

  8. Click OK.

  9. Click Schedule.


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