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

Jason Mauai October 17, 2012
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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.

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  1. Timothy Grocoott
    April 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Are you able to control all of that from one central computer, and make all the other computers run the AppleScript? I have 10 computers I need to run a long process on every hour or so, and I have the the AppleScript on all of them. I'm looking for a way to trigger that script on all the computers from my computer. I can't put them on a timer/calendar event, because the time aat which I need to run this is unpredictable.

  2. Timothy Grocott
    April 10, 2013 at 2:55 am

    I'm in a similar situation. Did you find a solution?

    • Jason Mauai
      April 10, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Yes, the solution is AppleScript, a programming language that lets you tell the computer to click here, scroll there, type this and that. It's awesome. Try it.

  3. Anonymous
    October 19, 2012 at 2:10 am

    LEARN Applescript! That will do the job!

  4. Boni Oloff
    October 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I have no idea too, never use mac before, but i think there are many macro recorder in Windows you can use and do your task via RDP from the windows.

  5. salim benhouhou
    October 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    i have no idea how to do that but i shared it on Google+ maybe one of my friends knows

    • Anonymous
      October 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks!

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