Mac OS Managed Software Center
The university uses a program called Managed Software update to maintain the university supplied software installed on university supplied Mac OS machines. The Managed Software Update runs a periodic check for available updates. The software may be manually run by the user or a tech and does NOT require administrative permissions to run.
Managed Software Update resides in the /Applications/Utilities folder and can be run at any time the user wishes to check for updates so long as they are connected to the university network (ethernet, wireless or VPN):
When Managed Update is run it will check against the central server for a list of available updates. It will also check the APPLE SUS for Apple supplied updates. When it finds updates it downloads the package installers. By IT default Managed Software Update will notify the user once every 5 days:
A message will appear listing the available updates, in this case the Office 2011 14.3.1 update :
Users can opt to do the update later if they are busy. Eventually installs will not wait. Below we see that 4 items are flagged for install. Certain items will have an “install by” date and if the user has not done the install. Newly imaged machines will have all items flagged.
Users can install with or without a logout depending on the item(s) to be installed. Some items require a logout.
Eventually Managed Update will get aggressive with updates and display a message similar to the one below. Note the warning about saving work.:
If you have gotten the above warning do NOT ignore it. The machine will log you off regardless of what you are doing. If you are teaching a class it will happen while you are teaching. If you are working on a file, it will quit the program you are using. Do not ignore these warnings. We do our best to not mark items with "install by" dates. When such an item is marked it is an item that is extremely important. Do not take the warning lightly.
There are certain items that are optional installs for all faculty and staff, click for a list of Current Optional Software For Mac . They may install these items at will. They may select these by selecting the "optional software" button. Note that some items carry a disclaimer.