Apple September 22, 2012 at 5:42 am

Enable Software Update-only mode for the Mac App Store

Along with Server 2.1 came a new setting in Profile Manager.  This setting puts the Mac App Store into update-only mode.  It grays out all the options except for the update pane.  This is great news as we are faced with the prospect of more and more Mac App Store apps that will need to be deployed and updated.  Alternatively, you can run the following defaults command to enable this mode system-wide:


sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/ restrict-store-softwareupdate-only -bool yes

For more information, see the Apple KB article on this topic.

Nate Walck

Nate is a Systems Reliability Engineer at Dropbox, Inc in San Francisco, CA. He runs along with Sam Keeley and is one of the founding members of the ##osx-server IRC channel on He loves being involved in the Mac Admin community and using Open Source projects whenever possible, especially Munki, The Luggage and Puppet.

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