Caching Packages

Caching packages allows you to download them on computers without installing them right away.

When you cache a package, you can specify a distribution point for computers to download the package from.

There are two ways to cache packages on computers: using a policy or using Casper Remote.

Requirements

To cache a package on computers, the package must exist on the distribution point you plan to deploy it from and in the JSS. (For more information, see Managing Packages.)

Caching a Package Using a Policy

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Policies.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/16433166/New_icon.png .

  5. Use the General payload to configure basic settings for the policy, including the trigger and execution frequency.
    For an overview of the settings in the General payload, see General Payload.

  6. Select the Packages payload and click Configure.

  7. Click Add for the package you want to cache.

  8. Choose "Cache" from the Action pop-up menu.

  9. Configure the settings for the package.
    To add the package to each computer's Autorun data, select the Add to Autorun data checkbox. For more information, see Autorun Imaging.

  10. Specify a server for computers to download the package from.

  11. Use the Restart Options payload to configure settings for restarting computers.
    For more information, see Restart Options Payload.

  12. Click the Scope tab and configure the scope of the policy.
    For more information, see Scope.

  13. (Optional) Click the Self Service tab and make the policy available in Self Service.
    For more information, see Self Service Policies.

  14. (Optional) Click the User Interaction tab and configure messaging and deferral options.
    For more information, see User Interaction.

  15. Click Save.

The policy runs on computers in the scope the next time they check in with the JSS and meet the criteria in the General payload.

Caching a Package Using Casper Remote

  1. Open Casper Remote and authenticate to the JSS.

  2. Click Site images/download/thumbnails/16433166/Site.png and choose a site.
    This determines which items are available in Casper Remote.
    Note: This button is only displayed if you have a site configured in the JSS and are logged in with a JSS user account that has full access or access to multiple sites.

  3. In the list of computers, select the checkbox for each computer on which you want to cache the package.

    images/download/attachments/14453895/Computers_tab.png
  4. Click the Packages tab.

  5. In the list of packages, select the checkbox for the package you want to cache.

    images/download/attachments/15176722/Packages_tab.png
  6. Choose "Cache" from the Action pop-up menu.

  7. Configure the settings for the package.
    To add the package to each computer's Autorun data, select the Update Autorun data checkbox. For more information, see Autorun Imaging.

  8. If you want to change the distribution point that computers download packages from, click Override Defaults images/download/thumbnails/16433166/Override_Defaults_Icon.png and choose a distribution point.

    images/download/attachments/15176719/Override_Defaults.png
  9. Click the Restart tab and configure settings for restarting computers.

    images/download/attachments/14453904/Restart_tab.png
  10. Do one of the following:

    • To immediately perform the tasks on the specified computers, click Go .

    • To schedule the tasks to take place at a specific day and time, click Schedule and choose a day and time. Then click Schedule again.

Related Information

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

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