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darwinup, Apple’s Darwin Update utility

Yesterday in ##osx-server, Pepijn Bruienne mentioned having stumbled upon an OS X system binary he’d never seen before, which was new to me as well: darwinup. This tool is used (or was used – public development of it seems to have stopped around OS X 10.7) for the purpose of managing versions of OS X […]

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OS X admins: your clients are not getting background security updates

Have I got your attention? The more accurate (and longer) qualifier for this title should actually be: “admins who configure clients to not automatically check for software updates.” From recent discussions in ##osx-server, some of us have determined that OS X’s “system data files and security updates” will only install automatically if a client is […]

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Keeping your OS X VM guest tools current with Munki

I use VMware Fusion to test client software, deployment workflows, and using virtual machines allows me to frequently take and roll back snapshots. Over time, the VMware guest OS tools tend to drift out of date with the version of Fusion, and are reported to need updates/reinstalling. Sometimes when this happens, things like pasteboard synchronization, […]

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