1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 9, 2012 9:17 AM by varjak paw
Mark Blake Level 1 (0 points)

When we use Apple Remote Desktop to get the client to download software updates, like with this UNIX command

softwareupdate -i -r


What download source does the remote client use?  does he download via his own gateway direct from Apple,  or does the ARD host computer download it then upload to the client.


If all machines were on your LAN,  you would want the updates to be downloaded once by the host,  but if all the clients were Remote you would want them to download with their own connections.


I have a lot of clients on both,  so need to figure out which one it is :-)

Apple Remote Desktop, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)

    Unless you change the setup of the clients to point to an update server in Mac OS X Server on your system, then they alll contact Apple directly and download individually from there. ARD does not host updates.


    If you want to have a single download for some or all of your systems, either download the installers on your admin system - most are available as a standalone installer package - and push out the package through ARD, or set up a Mac OS X server, set up the Software Update Server feature, and point all your workstations to that server for their updates.