I am trying to use KACE to manage our Macs here. As far as installing software, I haven't been having much luck. Am I right that Managed Installs do not work on Macs? I have been trying scripting and I can get the .PKG file copied over but I was just wondering how to run a command from terminal using Scripting. I am by no means a Mac expert, so I may just be missing something.
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I just pop the .app into the Managed Installation and it works perfectly as its zips up the .app, especially considering it only needs to deploy this .app into the /Applications folder. If there installation is more complex than the simple .app like Creative Suite or Office etc, then I tend to run a script instead (like below for Flash Player) which works fine on Snow Leopard macs fine. #!/bin/sh # Flash11-1-102-63.sh # # # Created by Mike Donaldson on 12/03/2012. unzip "/Library/Application Support/Dell/KACE/data/scripts/221/Adobe Flash Player.pkg.zip" installer -pkg "/Library/Application Support/Dell/KACE/data/scripts/221/Adobe Flash Player.pkg" -target /
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The MI's do work on the MAC (their probably easier than windows because the command line is configured for you).

The easiest way to run MAC commands is to use shell scripts.

Just type you commands in the script text section.
Answered 03/12/2012 by: dchristian
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WGM_Jeff,

There are also multiple KKE sessions that specifically deal with Mac Managed Installations. r2
Answered 03/12/2012 by: ronco
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It is certainly possible to use Managed Installs on Macs. It does require an understanding of how DMG files are interpreted by the KBOX.

I've given a couple of KKE sessions on Mac Software deployments that address this.

Please check out: KKE recordings and look for the Mac sessions from January 2012 and August 2011 (there are other Mac related things in there as well.
Answered 03/12/2012 by: MacDude
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I just pop the .app into the Managed Installation and it works perfectly as its zips up the .app, especially considering it only needs to deploy this .app into the /Applications folder.

If there installation is more complex than the simple .app like Creative Suite or Office etc, then I tend to run a script instead (like below for Flash Player) which works fine on Snow Leopard macs fine.

#!/bin/sh

# Flash11-1-102-63.sh
#
#
# Created by Mike Donaldson on 12/03/2012.

unzip "/Library/Application Support/Dell/KACE/data/scripts/221/Adobe Flash Player.pkg.zip"

installer -pkg "/Library/Application Support/Dell/KACE/data/scripts/221/Adobe Flash Player.pkg" -target /
Answered 03/12/2012 by: tekCTRL
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Thanks, everyone. I guess I didn't look as hard as I thought I had. After following the advice here, I was able to get installs working using both Scripting and Managed Installs. Managed Installs seem to be a lot easier. I am going to watch the KKEs this morning. We are trying to get it to where we don't have to run around campus every time we have to do something on a Mac.
Answered 03/13/2012 by: WGM_Jeff
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Down with SneakerNet!

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Answered 03/13/2012 by: MacDude
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