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List Available MAC Updates

Quick Description This Automation Policy will obtain the list of currently available updates that could be installed on Mac OS X devices.
Applies To N-central 9.5.x
Last Revised April 10, 2014

Overview

As part of running an assessment or diagnostics on a Mac OS X device, understanding the software updates that are available can be important information. This Automation Policy will produce a list of currently available updates for Mac OS X devices. By use of the softwareupdate command with the –list argument, all available updates will be listed. Any listed updates prefixed with an asterisk (*) character are denoted as Recommended updates.

This Automation Policy requires admin authentication in order to successfully install software updates. For more information on the Mac OS X commands used in this Automation Policy, please visit https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/darwin/reference/manpages/man8/softwareupdate.8.html

When configuring the running of this Automation Policy in MSP N-central, the best practice is to take advantage of Asset Variables for Network Address, Device UserName, and Device Password.

Input Parameters

Parameter Example Description
MAC IP Address: <String Value> 192.168.10.128 or use the Network Address Asset Variable This will be the IP address of the target Mac OS X device against which this Automation Policy will be run.
MAC User Name: <String Value> admin This will be the user name used to authenticate to the target Mac OS X device.
MAC Password: <Password Value> Password!@# or use the Device Credentials Password Asset Variable This will be the password used to authenticate to the target Mac OS X device.

Automation Policy

Outcome

A list of all available updates for Mac OS X devices will be displayed.