On Nov 14, 2006, at 12:06 AM, John C. Welch wrote:
On 11/13/06 21:58, "Peter Bukowinski"
On 11/13/06 4:43 PM, "Chris Waltham" <email@hidden>
On Nov 13, 2006, at 4:41 PM, Lisa Gosen wrote:
After recently attending an Apple Tech Seminar for Education,
thinking about using ARD's Task Server feature to manage software
Does anyone have any experience with this? And/or does anyone
know how using
this feature compares with OSX Server's Software Update Server
cons)? Any gotcha's we should be aware of?
AFAICT, you are comparing apples with oranges. Software Update
Server on OS X
Server functions to download software updates as they are made
then gives you the opportunity to locally distribute them to
they are requested*. Task Server, on the other hand, would give
you a way to
tell a client to go out and run Software Update, which may or may
not seek out
updates from your local LAN.
I haven't quite decided how I'm going to tackle this issue, but I
am kind of
annoyed that it even IS an issue -- Apple really should support
software updates as an enterprise feature, IMSNHO.
I agee. Why ARD doesn’t let you use a task server to send a UNIX
beyond me. If it were possible, then “softupdate –i –a” would do
what you want
ARD doesn't link Send Unix to the task server, however, you can
command, so you have a rather large amount of flexibility in
running it. If
you have a remote task server, then you have a full copy of ARD on
system, so you can run the Send Unix on a schedule from there. You
time the running of AppleScripts a half dozen ways, so that's
done too. It's not exactly as nice as using the Task Server, but
it's not a
completely manual process either.
Have you personally tried using a dedicated copy of ARD as a Task
Server to push out Unix commands to get clients to update? How do you
find it works -- well or flaky?
John C. Welch Writer/Analyst
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