2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 1, 2012 3:29 PM by dingosatemybaby05
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I have a brand new MacMini Server.  It shipped with Lion.  First thing I did was get my static IP and DNS information squared away just like any other client (we are on a primarily windows based network with Windows DNS servers upstream).  I can ping the MacMini by FQDN so all is good.


Then I got my upgrade to Mountain Lion and updated the OS.


I then updated the Server app, and launched it.


I turned ON Software Update Services and let it go grab updates.  Not sure how long its supposed to take, but it went out and grabbed a pile of updates from 4/12/2005 - 7/30/12.  Maybe its not done yet, but I have no idea how to tell and this may or may not be relevant.


My Lion based MacBookPro is sitting in my cube, plugged into the same switch as the MacMini Server.  I can ping it successfully by name from my laptop.


I followed this KB article to point my Laptop at the MacMini for updates:



I tried the string shown in the KB article and that didnt work.  Some searching found someone suggesting this:


sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate CatalogURL http://myURL:8088/index-mountainlion-lion-snowleopard.merged-1.sucatalog  (myURL = the FQDN of my actual Mac server).


Either way, it doesn't work.  When I check for updates, I immediately get an error stating:


"The Software Update Server (MyURL) is not responding. Check to make sure your network connection is operating normally. If there are no issues with your connection, contact your network administrator for assistance."


I've tried removing com.apple.SoftwareUpdate.plist and com.apple.SoftwareUpdate.plist.lockfile from the /Library/Preferences folder on my Lion machine as other posts elsewhere suggested with no luck also.


Can anyone help point me in the right direction?  First time trying to configure any kind of Mac Server Service, so be kind 


Thanks in advance,


Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion, Server
Reply by Colin Robinson on Aug 1, 2012 1:43 PM Helpful

I think the Server Forum is here:



You may stand a better chance of getting an answer there?

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