Running Software Update

When you run Software Update on computers, you can choose whether updates are installed from Apple’s Software Update server or an internal software update server.

There are two ways to run Software Update on computers: using a policy or using Jamf Remote.


To have computers install updates from an internal software update server, the software update server must be in Jamf Pro. For more information, see Software Update Servers.

Running Software Update Using a Policy

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Policies.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/79178045/Icon_New_Button.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 Software Updates payload and click Configure.

  7. Specify a server for computers to install software updates from.

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

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

  10. (Optional) Click the Self Service tab and make the policy available in Self Service.
    For more information, see Making Items Available to Users in Jamf Self Service for macOS .

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

  12. Click Save.

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

Running Software Update Using Jamf Remote

  1. Open Jamf Remote and authenticate to the Jamf Pro server.

  2. Click Site images/download/thumbnails/79178045/Site.png and choose a site.
    This determines which items are available in Jamf Remote.

    Note: This button is only displayed if you have a site configured in Jamf Pro and are logged in with a Jamf Pro 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 run Software Update.

  4. Click the Packages tab.

  5. Select the Install all updates checkbox.

  6. If you want to change the software update server that computers download software updates from, click Override Defaults images/download/thumbnails/79178045/Override_Defaults_Icon.png and choose a software update server.

  7. Click the Restart tab and configure settings for restarting computers.


  8. 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:

  • About Policies
    Learn the basics about policies.

  • Managing Policies
    Find out how to create policies, view the plan and status for a policy, and view and flush policy logs.

For related information, see the following Best Practice Workflow for Jamf Pro:

Updating macOS
Find out how to update macOS on computers by sending an MDM command to computers using a mass action.

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