Using Managed Software Center to install software

If you've just installed Managed Software Center (you may have heard someone in the tech department call it Munki), you may not know how to use it. One major use for MSC is to install software. Launch up Managed Software Center. You'll find it in your /Applications folder, but you can also keep it in […]

Making Microsoft AutoUpdate check manually for Macs with Munki

Note: I'm writing with regard to Microsoft Office for 2011. It's possible the .plist file updates here is different for other versions of Microsoft Office for Mac. If you're using Munki to manage software updates, you don't want the applications themselves to be constantly checking for updates or notifying your users when an update is […]

Keeping up to date using Munki without bothering users

Munki is a great tool for distributing software and creating little mini App Stores for organizations, so users can do self-service installs of Mac software. But Munki is also a great tool for keeping software up to date. Some software updates are primarily about adding new features. Many updates, however, include bug fixes or security […]

Packaging CrashPlan PROe for Munki

Update This no longer applies for CrashPlan 6.5 and above. For more details, see Considerations when upgrading CrashPlan with Munki. Why the official deployment method won't work for Munki Code42 has a guide for Preparing The Crashplan App For Deployment. It basically downloads (from your CrashPlan PROe server) a .zip file of some tools to […]

Mac terminal command to disable Java update prompts

If you're using Munki to manage Java updates, even if you're running Autopkg frequently (maybe once or twice a day), it's possible your users may get a Java update notification when launching Java. In other words, you could have Autopkg run the OracleJava8 recipe at 10:00 AM, your user could launch up a Java-based program […]

Packaging NetExtender for Munki

Disclaimer The following tutorial is based on and works for NetExtender version 7.5.774 for Mac. Your mileage may vary for other versions. Why does NetExtender need a Munki-fied "update"? The actual NetExtender application doesn't need anything special for Munki. You can do a regular munkiimport on the .dmg file, and it'll go in just fine […]

Packaging Starry Night College for Munki

The following tutorial is just a more step-by-step version of Multiple guest users on one PC - How to register Starry Night, and with Munki in mind. Find the Starry Night app in your /Applications folder, right-click it, and select Show Package Contents. Then, go to Contents > Resources > Sky Data > Resources and […]

Creating a Symantec Endpoint Protection package for Munki

Thanks to Erik from the Munki Dev group for the tip. If you have a newer version of Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) that comes as an .app with a separate Additional Resources folder, here is how you can get a Munki-friendly package out of it. Go ahead and launch up the installer .app file. Click […]