About Patch Management

In Jamf Pro, the patch management process is different for Apple Updates than for third-party macOS software title updates.

Patch management for Apple Updates consists of running Software Update on computers via policies. This process installs all updates available from Apple. To customize the process, you can use NetSUS to control which computers get which updates, or deploy macOS manually.

Patch management for third-party macOS software titles consists of:

  • Taking inventory of the software titles and versions in your environment

    • If the software title is available in Jamf Pro and configured in your Jamf Pro environment, you can create patch reports

    • If the software title is not in Jamf Pro, you can use advanced computer searches and smart computer groups to identify computers that need to be updated

  • Determining when vendors release new updates

    • If the software title is available in Jamf Pro and configured in your Jamf Pro environment, you can configure patch notifications

    • If the software title is not in Jamf Pro, use the Internet to search for updates

  • Creating a package when an update becomes available

  • Uploading the package to a distribution point

  • Deploying the package

    • If the software title is available in Jamf Pro and configured in your Jamf Pro environment, you can use a patch policy

    • If the software title is not in Jamf Pro, you can use smart computer groups and a policy

Related Information

For related information, see the following sections in this guide:

  • Composer
    Learn how to use Composer to build packages of software, applications, preference files, or documents.

  • Managing Packages
    You can add packages to a category.

  • Installing Packages
    Find out how to install a QuickAdd package using a policy or Jamf Remote.

  • Patch Management Software Titles
    Learn about the third-party macOS software titles in Jamf Pro that can be used for patch reporting and patch notifications.

  • Patch Notifications
    Learn how to configure patch notifications of third-party macOS software title updates that have been added to Jamf Pro.

  • Patch Reporting
    Learn how to create a patch report for a third-party macOS software title.

  • Patch Policies
    Learn how to create a patch policy to automate the distribution of a third-party macOS software update.

For related information, see the following:
NetBoot/SUS Appliance
Find out how to host an internal software update server on Linux.

For related information, see the following technical paper:
Deploying OS X 10.7 or Later with Jamf Pro
Get step-by-step instructions for deploying OS X 10.7 or later.

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