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How to update Mac OS X to Yosemite via Parallels Management for Mac

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  • Parallels Mac Management

Symptoms

Is it possible to push OS X Yosemite as an update to several machines?

Resolution

Detailed instruction on how to distribute software to Mac OS X computers can be found in the Software distribution section of the Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM 2012 administrator’s guides.

In order to update several Mac with outdated OS X (Mavericks or lower) please do the following:

  1. Download Install OS X Yosemite.app file from AppStore.
  2. Prepare downloaded OS X Yosemite installer to software distribution via SCCM:

    • Put Install OS X Yosemite.app file to any folder, for example:

          C:\packages\OS X 10.10\
      
    • Ensure that there is (are) enrolled Mac(s) in All Mac OS X Systems collection in SCCM 2012 > Assets and Compliance > Overview > Devices
  3. Create OS X Yosemite package:

    • Right click on Packages in Software Library -> Overview -> Application Management and click Create Package in opened context menu

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    • Fill in Name (e.g. "OS X Yosemite"), Version (e.g. "10.10"), Manufacturer (e.g. "Apple")
    • Check 'This package contains source files' checkbox and click Browse...
    • Choose Local folder on site server and browse the folder with Yosemite package

      C:\packages\OS X 10.10
      
    • Click Next in Package page of the wizard.
    • Choose Standard program and click Next in Program Type.
    • Type Name, Command line and click Next in Standard Program page. Use the following command line:

      chmod -R 777 'Install OS X Yosemite.app' && ./'Install OS X Yosemite.app/Contents/MacOS/InstallAssistant'
      
    • Run mode > select 'Run with administrative rights'.
    • Make sure that the parameter Allow users to view and interact with program installation is checked.
    • Leave other field values in the wizard as is.

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  4. Configure properties of the package to copy it's content to distribution point:

    • Right click on the Yosemite package in Software Library > Overview > Application Management > Packages and click Properties in opened context menu.
    • Check Copy the content in this package to a package share on distribution points checkbox in Data Access tab of the Yosemite Properties dialog.
    • Apply changes and close the dialog.

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  5. Deploy the Yosemite package:

    • Click on Yosemite package in Software Library > Overview > Application Management > Packages. and click Deploy.
    • Choose All Mac OS X Systems collection in General page of the wizard
    • Add distribution point on Content page of the wizard
    • Add assignment schedule (e.g. Assign immediately after this event: As soon as possible)
    • Leave other parameters as is.
  6. Wait till the status of Package will be changed to "Success" (green circle)

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  7. Go to Assets and Compliance > Overview > Device Collections > All Mac OS X Systems collection > Click on Parallels Management Tools > Machine Policy Retrieval and Evaluation Cycle.

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  8. After several minutes all Macs will download package and user will see the OS X Yosemite Wizard. The next step is to proceed with the wizard directly on Mac machine.

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