Mac - App Updates Deployment

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I have a Mac server and 70 mac clients running Yosemite.  In the past software like iMovie could have its updates pushed out using 'software update' in profile manager, but as more software is now being deployed from Apple as 'Apps' from the Mac App Store (deployed initially using profile manager on the server) how are we supposed to now deploy updates to those Apps?
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Matt MinorTechnical Systems Analyst

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I highly recommend configuring an OSX Caching server in your Mac environment, for the following reasons:
With 70 clients, that's a lot of bandwidth being used by clients going out individually to retrieve updates to App-store apps. The caching server will serve updates from within your local network.
The Caching server will include iOS updates, App-store updates, etc.
It's built-in. No extra cost, just a bit of configuration required.

I suggest looking into it.
https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204675

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Ok, that seems to make sense. How do admins push out the updates to the clients with no user interaction? Can the admins choose which updates to enable for install?

We are a school. Thanks
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I am thinking now that for a school environment situation, the Software Update Service might be of more appropriate use than configuring a caching server.

I encourage you to review this document and see if Software Update Service is more applicable to your situation.

https://help.apple.com/advancedserveradmin/mac/3.0/#apdA8F45C0A-CDA8-4CF1-BDDB-F90689858287

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Commented:
OK thanks, the Q really is:

"as more software is now being deployed from Apple as 'Apps' from the Mac App Store (deployed initially using profile manager on the server) how are we supposed to now deploy updates to those Apps?"
Matt MinorTechnical Systems Analyst

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I'm aware of the original question and I'm not sure what you mean here??

The software update service would allow you to have control over which software updates get made available to the clients. Essentially it removes individual ability to download updates as the clients are now looking only at the software update server for what it is allowed to update.

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