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I work at a school with a pile of laptops. I need to update the software, and also load Garage Band & iMovie and iTunes etc etc.
 
Right now they update them wirelessly via Software Update one-by-one, all competing for bandwidth, overloading the network, and often crashing. Or they could pay the IT department $12k to do it for them-yikes.
 
I'm looking for suggestions for better ways.
 
Some ideas I have are:
 
a) Get the download files* onto USB, copy to each machine, run. Disadvantage: the need to run each file (.pkg?). Big advantage: should run better without network-overload related problems.
 
b) Probably there is some way to do this from OS X Server (which is on a desktop there)?
 
Any other ideas are welcome. Also suggestions for updating a few dozen iPads the school has.
 
*I looked at various threads, and getting the files seems to have changed over time. Software Update does have a menu item Update --> Go To Apple Downloads Page, but that item is grayed out. It's also unclear to me how to know which updates a machine needs. Maybe I can run SU on one machine, then look in Library or other likely places, and copy all the stuff there???