A software update server profile allows you to specify the update server that will be tied to the device for all versioning and update control.

Use this to connect to a macOS server with the AirWatch Agent and configure schedules that actively check and perform updates much more frequently that the system does. If needed, connect to a corporate server to perform updates. Either way, this profile provides a simple solution for managing software updates, restart options and notification updates for end users.

Note:

Software update profile only updates minor software update patches and not major software updates.

To create a software update server profile: 

  1. Navigate to Devices > Profiles & Resources > Profiles and select Add. Select Apple macOS, and then select Device Profile, since this profile is only applicable to the entire device.
  2. Configure the profile's General settings.

    These settings determine how the profile deploys and who receives it. For more information on General settings, see Add General Profile Settings.

  3. Select the Software Update payload.
  4. Configure Software Update settings:

    Setting Description
    Update Source Choose a server to configure communication with the client computers' .plist.

    If choosing Corporate SUS, enter the hostname of the server (for example, http://server.net:8088/index.sucatalog.)

    Install macOS updates

    Select how and when to check for and control updates.

    • Install Updates Automatically: downloads and installs all updates; sends notifications to the end user.
    • Download Updates in Background: downloads the updates; sends notifications; the end user installs updates when ready.
    • Check for updates only: checks for updates and sends notifications to the end user; the user downloads and installs the updates.
    • Don't Automatically Check for Updates: turns off the ability to update software; monitors .plist settings to match profile only.
    Choose Updates

    Choose updates to send to the computer.

    • Choose All: sends all updates including Apple updates.
    • Recommended only: sends only security updates.
    Allow installation of macOS beta releases

    Select this check box to allow beta releases on the server. This option may be best for testing environments only. This does not require the AirWatch Agent.

    Install app updates Select to allow app updates.

    Notify the user updates are installing

    Send the end user notifications about receiving updates on the device.
    Schedule

    Schedule updates with the AirWatch Agent,

    • Configure Update Interval: choose how often to check for updates in two-hour increments.
    • Update a Specific Time: choose specific days and times to check for updates. Choose times to control updates when there are concerns about use during peak business hours or band-width utilization
    Force Restart (if required)

    Automatically restart the computer if required to complete the software update.

    • Grace Period – Choose to defer a reboot for a certain period of time. After this time expires, the computer automatically reboots.
    • Allow user to defer – Enable the user to choose to defer re-starting the computer for a certain period of time.
      • Defer time – Chose how often to prompt the user to re-start the computer after deferment. After each allowed deferment, a message appears prompting the user to re-start the computer.
      • Max number of defers – Choose how many times the user can defer from re-starting the computer before it is automatically re-started to complete the update process.

 

  1. Determine options if updates are installed automatically.
    • Force Restart (if required) – Automatically restart the computer if required to complete the software update.
    • Grace Period – Choose to defer a reboot for a certain period of time. After this time expires, the computer automatically reboots.
    • Allow user to defer – Enable the user to choose to defer re-starting the computer for a certain period of time.
      • Defer time – Chose how often to prompt the user to re-start the computer after deferment. After each allowed deferment, a message appears prompting the user to re-start the computer.
      • Max number of defers – Choose how many times the user can defer from re-starting the computer before it is automatically re-started to complete the update process.
  2. Select Save & Publish when you are finished to push the profile to devices.