Patch Reporting Software Titles

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

When you configure a patch reporting 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 the JSS, 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 the JSS, 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 JSS must have outbound access to port 443 to access the patch server and the software title definitions which are hosted on Amazon CloudFront.

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

Configuring a Patch Reporting Software Title

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

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Patch Reporting.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/12322306/New_icon.png .

  5. Choose a software title.

  6. Use the General pane to configure basic settings for the software title, including whether to receive a JSS 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.
    Note: You cannot configure a patch reporting 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.

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

  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 Reporting Software Titles
Learn about the contents of a software definition file in the JSS and the process used by Jamf to add software title updates to the JSS.

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