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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Disabling Apple’s Software Updates

If you’re like many Mac Admins, you’re likely using Munki to make sure the clients you’re managing stay current, probably via Reposado.  It’s a great system.  But Apple’s own Software Update doesn’t know about your plans, and will offer notifications to users, inviting them to the App Store to do updates they can’t approve, as non-admins.  Then you get calls and tickets saying “Hey- I can’t do these updates, what’s up?”

Thanks, Apple Software Update, but no thanks.  I’ve got this- you take a break.  Disabling Software Update is simply a matter of a 1 line command:

softwareupdate --schedule off

Drop that in the postflight of one of Greg Neagle’s payload free packages, distribute it to your 10.7 and 10.8 machines, done.