Installing individual software updates

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Installing individual software updates

You can install individual software updates directly from reports.

Before you can install updates, you must collect available software updates inventory.

See Checking for available software updates.

To install software updates, you create a software update rollout job. You can view the rollout jobs and their status at Manage > Jobs and Tasks > System Jobs and Tasks > Software > Patch Management > Mac > Rollout Jobs.

If you want to install multiple updates at a time, Symantec recommends that you combine them in one rollout job rather than installing each update on an individual schedule. This ensures that package downloads and restarts are not interfering each other.

See About installing software updates.

See Implementing Patch Management Solution for Mac

To install individual software updates

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Reports menu, click All Reports.

  2. In the left pane, click Software > Patch Management > Mac > Available Mac Software Updates for computers managed by this server.

  3. Click the updates that you want to install.

    To highlight multiple items, hold down the Ctrl or Shift key.

  4. Right-click the selected updates and then click Create Rollout Job.

  5. (Optional) In the dialog box that opens, modify the name and the description of the rollout job that you just created.

  6. Under Task Status, click New Schedule.

  7. In the New Schedule dialog box, configure a schedule for this software update rollout job.

    For example, click Now.

  8. Under Input, click Add > Target.

  9. In the Add Target dialog box, click Open.

  10. In the Open dialog box, click All Patchable Mac Computers Target and then click OK.

    It is safe to run the rollout job on all supported Mac computers. When the rollout job runs, it checks if the update that you want to install is needed. If the update is not needed, the job does not download and does not install the update.

  11. Click OK.

  12. Click Schedule.

  13. Close the dialog box.

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