Using Apple Remote Desktop to deploy the Monitoring Client

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The following picture has a number of tips regarding the use of Apple Remote Desktop to deploy the Monitoring Client.

Here we see that installation can be handled with a single command, sent as root.

  • The first command uses defaults write to set the Group in place.*
  • The following command downloads the installer (which is about 600k) and saves it to /tmp
  • Then installer is invoked to finish the deployment.
  • Finally, the source pkg is removed.


This command can be saved as a Template in Apple Remote Desktop, allowing on-demand deployment of the latest client whenever the need arises.


To the left, below the Scanner in the list, we've saved the Send UNIX Command, making installation a drag-and-drop action for any Mac running 10.5 or later.


Get Your Custom Remote Desktop Script

Get Your Custom Remote Desktop Script

Visit: and scroll to Scripted Background Installation to get your customized script.

Fill in the desired group name then copy the text for use in Remote Desktop.

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    Watchman Monitoring Support

    We've designed the Watchman Client to be as administrator friendly as possible.

    Using the ClientGroup.txt file inside the installer pkg allows the mass installation of the client, and here are some tips you can use to gather information about installed clients:


    To reveal a given computer's identifier:

    defaults read /Library/MonitoringClient/ClientStatus WatchmanID  

    To reveal a given computer's ClientGroup:

    defaults read /Library/Watchman/Watchman ClientGroup




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