Running Software Update Using a Policy

If your computers are not enrolled with Jamf Pro via automated enrollment, you can update macOS on computers using a policy in Jamf Pro. Policies allow you to remotely perform common management tasks on managed computers.

Note: If your computers are enrolled with Jamf Pro via automated enrollment, you can update macOS using a mass action. For more information, see the Updating macOS Using a Mass Action section of this workflow.

Creating a Policy for a Software Update

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Policies.

  4. Click New images/ .

  5. Use the General payload to configure basic settings for the policy:

    1. Enter a name for the policy in the Display Name field.

    2. Select the Enabled checkbox.

    3. Select Recurring Check-in for the trigger of the policy.

    4. Choose "Once every day" from the Execution Frequency pop-up menu.

    5. (Optional) To configure when the policy does not run, click the Client-Side Limitations tab and specify the time and day that you do not want the policy to run. This is recommended to avoid interference with users.

  6. Select the Software Updates payload and click Configure, and then choose "Apple's Software Update Server" from the Install Software Updates From pop-up menu.

  7. Select the Restart Options payload and configure settings for restarting computers:

    1. Select "Current Startup Disk" from the Startup Disk pop-up menu.

    2. Select " Restart if package or update requires it" from the No User Logged in Action pop-up menu.

    3. Select " Restart if a package or update requires it" from the User Logged in Action pop-up menu.

      Note: If a user is logged in to the computer when the policy runs, they must accept a notification.

  8. Click the Scope tab and configure the scope of the policy:

    1. On the Targets tab, select "Specific Computers" from the Target Computers pop-up menu.

    2. Click Add across from Add Deployment Targets.

    3. Click the Computer Groups tab and click Add next to the smart computer group you created.

  9. 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.

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