From the GoLive page of a device, under the Updates tab, we can send an available System Update using the native softwareupdate Apple tool to a macOS device.
This will only be used on devices that are not M1 and not on macOS Monterey. If you'd like to see how to use GoLive to update those devices, check out How to Update a M1/Monterey macOS Device using GoLive.
The Actions you can preform on these updates are as follows:
- Ignore - this will will ignore the update on the device. This feature is deprecated in macOS Big Sur and future macOS versions.
- Download Only - This will download the update but will not install the update
- Download and Install - This will both download and install the update. This will not restart the device even if the update requires a restart, this will have to be done by the end user manually
- Install with Forced Restart - This will download and then after installing the update, the device will have a force restart with no prompt to end-user
Troubleshooting Updates not appearing
By using softwareupdate -l you can check the available System Updates on the Terminal of your macOS device. This is what GoLive uses to collect the information that it displays under Available Updates:
If you do not see an update available, but know it should appear, try running the following command to reset the software update mechanism.
sudo /bin/launchctl kickstart -k system/com.apple.softwareupdated
See if after running this command that the device now recognizes the update is needed