Patch Reporting

The patch reporting area of Jamf Pro can be used to easily configure third-party macOS software titles used in your environment. This provides you with a process to:

  • Generate reports for third-party macOS software titles that you have configured in your environment

  • Identify which third-party macOS software titles in your environment need to be updated

  • Determine which computers have software titles that need to be updated

You can use the patch reporting features alone, or combine them with the following additional searching and reporting features in Jamf Pro based on your needs:

  • Advanced computer searches—There are several benefits to using advanced computer searches to produce a list of computers in Jamf Pro:

    • The ability to display all application titles; the list is not limited to the third-party macOS software titles provided in the patch reporting area.

    • The ability to combine patch-related criteria with other criteria. Patch-related criteria includes features to report on Apple operating systems and third-party macOS software titles. When creating an advanced computer search and selecting Patch Reporting Software Title, you can use "greater than" and "less than" operators, and "Latest Version" as a value to ensure the search will remain current as new versions are released. For example, this criteria can be used to create a general compliance report that includes encryption, or whether computers are on a specific version of an operating system, etc.
      For more information on how to create and save an advanced computer search, see Advanced Computer Searches.

  • Smart computer groups—Smart computer groups offer the same patch reporting functionality as advanced computer searches. In addition, you can view the status of smart groups on the Jamf Pro Dashboard. You can also get notifications when the membership of a smart group changes.
    For more information on how to create computer groups that are based on criteria and have dynamic memberships, see Smart Computer Groups.

Patch Reports

For each software title, you can view the latest version number as well as the percentage of computers in your environment that are on the latest version. In addition, you can view the number of computers that are on the latest version and the number that are on another version.

From the report, you can view when each computer last checked in and the version of the software title installed on the computer.

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The data displayed in a patch report can be exported from Jamf Pro to the following file formats:

  • Comma-separated values file (.csv)

  • Tab delimited text file (.txt)

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.

Creating a Patch Report for a macOS Software Title

For each macOS software title, you can view the number of computers on the latest version of the software title or on a different version of the software title.

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Patch Management.

  4. A list of configured macOS software titles is displayed.

    • To view a list of computers that are on the latest version of a particular software title, click the number displayed in the On Latest Version column.

    • To view a list of computers that are on another version of a particular software title, click the number displayed in the On Other Version column.
      A report that shows additional details is displayed.
      Note: You can also access the report by choosing a specific software title.

  5. At the bottom of the report, click Export and choose "Comma-Separated Values file (.csv)" or "Tab Delimited Text file (.txt)".
    Note: The data will be exported as it is currently filtered.

Related Information

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

  • About Patch Management
    Learn about patch management for Apple Updates and for third-party updates.

  • 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 for third-party macOS software title updates that have been added to Jamf Pro.

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

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