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Apple Updates - Creating an OSX Caching Server
Posted by , Last modified by on 16 September 2014 04:57 PM

*For OS X Server 4 you may want to look through Fraser Hess' article here. Fraser Hess details configuring the caching server to make use of features new to OS X Server 4. 

If you are running Maverick (10.9), providing a caching server for your users to update their Apple devices significantly reduces the strain placed on your network by Apple's updates while also speeding up the process. A caching server will cache application updates, iTunes content (iBooks, iOS Applications, etc), OSX updates and iOS updates.

In order to set up a cache server, you will need to purchase and download OSX Server 3.x, which as of writing (2014-09-06) costs $19.99 and is available in the App Store.

*Note: To cache iOS 8 updates, Maverick 10.9.5 with Server 3.2.1 is required.

OSX Server in the App Store

 

Once the Server Application is installed, simply open the application and select "Caching" from the list under "Services," and then click "ON" to enable the caching service. You can configure how much storage to use using a slider on the application interface. There is also an option to change the storage volume of the cache. 

 

For more information, please visit https://help.apple.com/advancedserveradmin/mac/3.0/#apdC36C9994-1533-4DCB-9CFF-870CB0FADCDB

 



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