Patch Management Software Titles

Jamf Pro includes more than 30 third-party macOS software titles that can be used for patch reporting, patch notifications, and patch policies. These third-party software titles represent software that is not available in the App Store. (For the list of software titles provided in Jamf Pro, see the Patch Management Software Titles Knowledge Base article.)

When you configure a patch management software title, you are able to receive a notification when a third-party macOS software title update has been released by the vendor and added to Jamf Pro, as well as generate reports for the third-party macOS software titles in your environment which allows you to identify the software titles that need to be patched.

Different software titles have different requirements for updating them. For example, some software titles must have additional apps installed for the title to be updated. Because these requirements are in Jamf Pro, you save time by not having to track down the required information.

Requirements

  • To configure third-party macOS software titles and enable them to automatically update, the Jamf Pro server must have outbound access to port 443 to access the patch server and the software title definitions which are hosted on Amazon CloudFront.

  • To initially configure a software title that requires an extension attribute, you must use a Jamf Pro user account that has full access. A Jamf Pro user account with site access only will not be able to configure a software title that requires an extension attribute.

Configuring a Patch Management Software Title

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Patch Management.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/16441741/Icon_New_Button.png .

  5. Choose a software title.
    Note: You cannot configure a patch management software title if it uses an extension attribute that has the same name as an existing extension attribute. You must first rename the existing extension attribute so that you can save the new one.

  6. Use the Software Title Settings tab to configure basic settings for the software title, including whether to receive a Jamf Pro notification or email when an updated software title is available.
    Note: This setting is applied for all users who configure their personal notification preferences. (For more information, see Patch Notifications.)

  7. If you are configuring a software title that uses an extension attribute, you must click the Extension Attributes tab and accept the terms.

  8. (Optional) Click the Definition tab to review information about the supported software title versions and attributes about each version.

  9. Click Save.

After a software title is configured, you can add packages to the title. Adding a package is a requirement for creating a patch policy.

Adding a Package to a Patch Management Software Title

To create a patch policy, you need a patch management software title version associated with a package. Note: The patch policy does not verify the package contents before distribution; ensure that the package contains the intended version of the software update. (For more information, see Patch Policies.)

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Patch Management.

  4. Click the software title you want to add a package to.

  5. Click Edit.

  6. Click the Definition tab.

  7. Click Add images/download/thumbnails/17105139/Icon_Add_Button.png next to the version you want to add a package to.

  8. Click images/download/thumbnails/16441741/Icon_Plus_Button.png .

  9. Click Save.

Related Information

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

For related information, see the following Knowledge Base article:

Jamf Process for Updating Patch Management Software Titles
Learn about the contents of a software definition file in Jamf Pro and the process used by Jamf to add software title updates to Jamf Pro.

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