The Mac App Store makes it easier than ever to browse and download applications for the Mac and distribute them to your organisation. Powerful Apple apps — such as iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Aperture and Final Cut Pro X — are just a click away. No more buying multiple discs and waiting for them to arrive. With the Mac App Store, you get the software you need fast.
There are two ways to get the latest versions of Apple software to every Mac in your organisation. You can download the applications you need from the Mac App Store and distribute them using the tools you’re already familiar with, such as Apple Remote Desktop or NetInstall. Or you can distribute redemption codes to your users, who can then download the software themselves from the Mac App Store.
How it works.
Downloading OS X Lion.
When you purchase a volume licence for OS X Lion, you will receive one redemption code per contract. Then follow these steps to download and install OS X Lion on every Mac that’s covered by your volume licence.
- Open the Mac App Store and sign in with the Apple ID and password provided by your organisation.
- In the Quick Links section, click Redeem. Enter the redemption code when prompted.
- The Lion installer will download to the Applications folder. It will also appear in the Dock.
- Do not install Lion. Instead, locate the Install OS X Lion application in the Applications folder. This is the application used to install Lion on your licensed Mac systems.
Deploying OS X Lion.
You can deploy OS X Lion using the same mass installation techniques you use today. To install Lion on multiple systems on a network, simply copy the Install Mac OS X Lion application to the target system, then run the installer. Lion will install in place, so there’s no need to start up from an external disk. Administrators can also use the System Image Utility included in OS X Lion Server to create a NetInstall or NetRestore image.
As with previous versions of OS X, software updates for OS X Lion will continue to be provided through Software Update in OS X. You or your end users won’t have to enter an Apple ID to receive these software updates.
Downloading and deploying Apple software.
If you purchase volume licences for Apple software, you’ll receive one redemption code per licence. You can use one of two methods to install the software on your licensed number of Mac systems:
Redeem from the Mac App Store.
On each target Mac, open the Mac App Store and sign in with the Apple ID and password provided by your organisation. In the Quick Links section, click Redeem. Enter the redemption code when prompted. The application will download and install in the Applications folder. Software updates for these Mac systems will be provided automatically through the Mac App Store.
Use Apple Remote Desktop, NetInstall or NetRestore.
On your administrator Mac system, enter one of the redemption codes provided. You can then copy the application to all the target systems using Apple Remote Desktop. Or you can use the System Image Utility included in OS X Lion Server to create a NetInstall or NetRestore image.
Only the Mac system on which the application was originally downloaded will be notified of software updates. To deploy the update across all target systems, download the software update from the Mac App Store on the original system, then copy the new version of the application to all the target systems.
You can also create a system containing all the application software and use system imaging software to distribute it across all your Mac systems. Software updates for OS X Lion will be provided through Software Update on those systems. Updates for Apple software are available only through the Mac App Store on the original system. Updated applications must be distributed separately or through a new system image.
Purchasing volume licences for Apple apps.
You can purchase volume licences for Apple software directly from Apple by calling 1800 882 045 , speaking to an Apple sales representative or visiting the Apple Online Store. Then download the software from the Mac App Store. Volume licences are available for the following Apple apps: