Running Software Update Using a Policy

You can run Software Update using a policy to update to a minor macOS release. This method will update your computer to the latest point release of that particular major macOS release. For example, a computer with macOS 10.14.1 will update to 10.14.3 if it is the latest minor macOS release. When used with a software update server, this process provides more control over which update is installed. When you run Software Update using a policy on computers, you can choose whether updates are installed from Apple’s Software Update server or an internal software update server. 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 in the Jamf Pro Administrator's Guide.

Note: Using a cache server can decrease the update time.

Note: Computers with Apple silicon (i.e., M1 chip) cannot be updated using a policy if a restart is required. Use the Download/Download and Install Updates remote command to update the computer. For more information, see Updating macOS by Sending a Mass Action Command.

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/81949341/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 Policy Payload Reference in the Jamf Pro Administrator's Guide.

  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 to configure the following:

    1. Choose the disk to boot computers to from the Startup Disk pop-up menu.

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

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

    4. (Optional) Configure the rest of the settings as needed.

  9. Click the Scope tab and configure the scope of the policy.
    For more information, see Scope in the Jamf Pro Administrator's Guide.

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

  11. (Optional) Click the User Interaction tab and configure messaging and deferral options.
    For more information, see User Interaction with Policies in the Jamf Pro Administrator's Guide.

  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.

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