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We maintain the security of Calvin-owned Windows and macOS computers by requiring and recommending software updates and patches. While some of these changes run without disrupting your work, others may require feedback to install or a restart of your computer.
windows updates

macOS updates

patch management

Windows Software Updates

Calvin-owned Windows computers use a program called Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to deliver software updates and packages. When SCCM pushes a system or software update or patch to your computer that needs action on your part you should see the Software Center dialog box.

Software Center

Here, you have the option to view the updates, apply them now, or to wait until after business hours. You can also delay and have SCCM remind you later and set whether or not your computer will restart automatically if the update requires it.

Install Applications and Configure your work schedule

You can access the SCCM configuration settings by opening Software Center from Start > All Programs > Microsoft System Center > Configuration Manager > Software Center


  • If a software title has been made available for your computer, you can install it by selecting the title from the Available Software tab and clicking Install
  • The Installation Status tab will show you the status of software to be installed on your computer
  • To view a list of software you have installed from SCCM, click the Installed Software tab. You may see specific software or updates listed here.
  • You can specify the Software Center configuation settings for your computer on the Options tab. Here, you can specify your work hours so SCCM will know to install updates outside of your typical work hours so as not to disrupt your work.

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macOS Software Updates

Calvin-owned macOS computers use a program called Jamf Pro to deliver software updates and packages. You will be able to view applications available for install on your computer within the Jamf Self Service application.

  • Most third-party software updates and patches will run silently in the background and will require no interaction from you in order to install.
  • macOS patches and minor (x.x.x) updates will be done through the Mac App Store application on your macOS computer.
  • Full macOS upgrades (from OS X El Capitan 10.11 to macOS Sierra 10.12, for example) will be made available in the Jamf Self Service application once they have been evaluated and tested for compatibility with Calvin software and systems by CIT. macOS upgrades should not be installed from the Mac App Store.

If there is an update that requires restarting your computer, you will be presented with a prompt and deferral options at that time.

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