Williams, John Trusted Contributor.
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Deploying a Mac OS X Agent

Does anyone know how, or if there is way, to automate or semi-automate the installation of a Mac OS X discovery agent?

I have no Mac person on staff, so support is minimal. I've looked at the recommended method in the documentation on how to manually install the agent using the .dmg. However, there are 200-300 devices to touch and they are geographically dispersed.

I understand that our desktop support bunch can remote in to most of these devices in an automated fashion to deliver some types of software updates. Unfortunately, we do not have the knowledge on hand to script a deployment of the .dmg agent package.

Have any of you been successful doing this and would you be willing to share?

Thank you for your time.
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Jeff Sikorski Absent Member.
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Re: Deploying a Mac OS X Agent

I will leave it up to someone from HP to answer officially...

But in my personal experience, you only have a couple options when deploying Mac agents:
#1) Manually install
#2) Get the agent packaged/deployed through your companies deployment application.

Since you have explained that neither of them are really options, I dont believe there is a 3rd.

The only thing I would do if I was in your scenario, is put the dmg file out on a network drive, and start e-mailing all the Mac users and tell them to get it and install it.

Sorry I couldn't be more help 😞

~Jeff
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Williams, John Trusted Contributor.
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Re: Deploying a Mac OS X Agent

Thank you Jeff. Maybe I should buy me a mac for dummies book. 🙂
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Matthew Darwin Absent Member.
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Re: Deploying a Mac OS X Agent

Do your macs have SSH running on them? If yes, there is a sample script attached to a KB entry somewhere on the support site (if I remember correctly) that you could modify to do that.

Either that or you need to figure out what "remote administration" type features MAC has.

Sorry, I'm not a mac expert either.
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Williams, John Trusted Contributor.
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Re: Deploying a Mac OS X Agent

Thanks Matt and Jeff! I think we may have a solution. When the ".dmg" file is unpacked, it contains a ".pkg" which, I'm told, can be used by the tool our desktop folks push upgrades and installs to the mac devices in our environment. I guess we'll see. Thanks again!
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Williams, John Trusted Contributor.
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Re: Deploying a Mac OS X Agent

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