Install macOS 11 Update via Software Package

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Software updates for macOS Big Sur are not published in the \Software Library\Overview\Software Updates node of the Configuration Manager console. This makes it impossible to deploy such updates in a usual way.


Find the software update label

  1. On a Mac with available software updates, open
  2. Run the following command: softwareupdate --list
  3. You will get an output similar to the following:

    Software Update Tool
    Finding available software
    Software Update found the following new or updated software:
    * Label: macOS Big Sur 11.4-20F71
        Title: macOS Big Sur 11.4, Version: 11.4, Size: 2987207K, Recommended: YES, Action: restart,
  4. Pick an update label. In our example, it is macOS Big Sur 11.4-20F71.

Create software package

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to \Software Library\Overview\Application Management\Packages.
  2. Choose the Create Package action.
  3. On the Package page:
    1. Enter the Name of the package. E.g. "Download & Install macOS Big Sur 11.4 Update".
    2. Select the This package contains source files option and then set the path to the source files using the Browse button.
      1. Use source files that are attached to this article.
    3. Click Next.
  4. On the Program Type page, select the Standard Program option. Click Next.
  5. On the Standard Program page:
    1. Enter a Name, e.g. "Install"
    2. Enter the Command line: 
      /usr/bin/python "macOS Big Sur 11.4-20F71"
    3. Set Program can run to Only when a user is logged on.
    4. Set Run mode to Run with administrative rights.
    5. Select the Allow user to view and interact with the program installation option.
  6. On other pages, leave all parameters as is.
  7. Complete the wizard.

Deploy software package

  1. Select the package created on the previous step.
  2. Choose the Deploy action.
  3. On the General page, set a device collection.

  4. On the Content page, add distribution points.

  5. On the Deployment Settings page, set Purpose to Required.
  6. On the Scheduling page:

    1. Click the New button, then set Assign immediately after this event, and choose As soon as possible. Click OK to close.

    2. Set Rerun behavior to Rerun if failed previous attempt.
    3. Click Next.
  7. On other pages, leave all parameters as is.

  8. Complete the wizard.

On a Mac computer

  1. When Parallels Mac Client starts, the package deployment dialog will appear:
  2. When the update is downloaded and ready to be installed, the following dialog opens:


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