Jason Mauai

How can I automate the same task on multiple Mac OS X computers?

17 Oct 2012
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17 Oct 2012 | Mac | Safari 6

I am the Mac Lab Technician for my University and I use Apple Remote Desktop quite often to maintain and update software, system preferences, ect. on 100+ client computers. However, performing tasks such as “Open System Preferences > Click ‘Language & Text’ > Click ‘Input Sources’ > Check ‘Chinese’ language box > Check ‘Japanese’ language box > Quit System Preferences” can be pretty stressful when it comes do manually clicking a million times on a hundred computers.

I’ve tried Automator and using the record feature then saved it as an app, but unfortunately when I deploy that app using Apple Remote Desktop and try to open it on all the client computers in hopes of automating what I want done, an error always pops up. It wont work.

Is there a way to do this at all? I’ve searched Google for months with no luck. The only posts I see around are about automating tasks on ONE computer. I’m seeking answers on how to do the same task as stated above on multiple computers. Please help.