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Install Available Mac OSX Updates

Quick Description This automation Policy installs all available updates on targeted Mac OS X devices.
Applies To N-central 9.5.x
Last Revised April 10, 2014


Ensuring Mac OS X device are up-to-date often represents a manual and time-consuming task. By connecting to the Mac OS X device through SSH, this automation policy installs all available updates on targeted Mac OS X devices. By using the softwareupdate command with the –install and –all arguments, all updates that are applicable software updates will be installed. This automation policy requires admin authentication to successfully install software updates.

For more information on the Mac OS X commands used in this automation policy, see https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/darwin/reference/manpages/man8/softwareupdate.8.html

When configuration the running of this automation policy in SolarWinds N-central, the best practice is to take advantage of Asset Variables for Network Address, Device UserName, and Device Password.

Input Parameters

MAC IP Address: <String Value> - or use the Network Address Asset Variable

MAC User Name: <String Value> - admin

MAC Password: <Password Value> - Password!@# or use the Device Credentials Password Asset Variable

Automation Policy


All available Mac OS X updates are installed on the device.