How to create a custom LiveUpdate preference set that supports multiple LiveUpdate servers

Article:TECH103333  |  Created: 2007-01-30  |  Updated: 2010-01-04  |  Article URL
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You have set up an internal LiveUpdate server using the LiveUpdate Administrative Utility for Macintosh. While you want your LAN clients to use your internal LiveUpdate server, you also want to enable your remote and laptop clients to roll over to other servers (like Symantec's public LiveUpdate servers) if the first server isn't available.


LiveUpdate Administration Utility (LUAU) 2.2.1 can generate a Terminal script (in the form of a .command file) to place the information for you automatically. It is strongly recommended you upgrade to 2.2.1. This can be done from the Main Menu of LUAU (5 - Uninstall or update...).
  1. Log in to LiveUpdate Administration Utility (LUAU). Authenticate with your password when prompted.
  2. From the main menu, choose 6 (More Options), then 1 (Set up Liveupdate Client Configuration Tool).
  3. Choose 1 (Modify host URL) to change the address to your local LU server. It will be an HTTP or an FTP path, not the local path to the updates folder. For example,, not /Library/WebServer/Documents/updates.
  4. If a login name and password is required to access this URL, enter them under option 2 and 3, respectively.
  5. To enter the alternative hosts infomation choose 4 (Change other settings), then choose 1 (Edit settings).
  6. This will open a text editor. Copy the following, then, within the Terminal window, with the cursor on a blank line, right-click (or control-click) and choose Paste.


  7. To save and exit, press Control-X, then choose Y to save changes, and enter to save changes with the same name. Press C to return to the main screen for client configuration.
  8. To create the PointLUtoInternalServer.command file, choose 5. It will be placed in /Applications/LiveUpdateAdminUtility/Tools. Note: should you decide to revert to Symantec LiveUpdate settings, another Terminal script is provided to do so, called PointLUtoSymantecServers.command.
  9. Copy PointLUtoInternalServer.command to the client machine, double-click on it, and authenticate with your password when prompted. This will put the configuration file in place. You can also use deployment utilities such as Apple Remote Desktop to distribute this .command file to your client computers.

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