HT5383: OS X Server: About the Software Update serviceLearn about OS X Server: About the Software Update service
Currently Being ModeratedSep 17, 2013 7:25 PM (in response to °Bernz°)
The Software Update service in automatic mode downloads all available updates. That means it will download a huge amount of data, much of which you probably don't need.
The Caching service saves copies of software updates and App Store products downloaded by a client so they can be used by other clients without having to download them again.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 17, 2013 7:36 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
Thanks for your answer Linc.
However, fundamentally, apart from downloading updates preemptively in the case of Software Update, I don't see the huge difference...
It's like if both services and competitors... The Caching server looks like the "new guy in town" and the Software Update service is the "old geezer walking out the door", which will eventually get replaced. Is this a correct assumption?
Currently Being ModeratedSep 17, 2013 7:50 PM (in response to °Bernz°)
How much of a difference there is in practice depends on your usage pattern. Keep in mind that the SUS has no effect on App Store products.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 25, 2013 3:21 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
I appreciate this discussion. It sounds like, as a strategy, unless someone specifically wants to have all updates downloaded (for a larger LAN?), the Caching service provides more seemless service to the users because of the dlownload of Apple Store products?