If only one person needs an application then I think about using Munki to deploy that app. If more than one person should have it then Munki is definitely the way to automate app deployment. And really, if you’re going to take the time to download an app from a website, mount a disk image or un-pack a ZIP archive, run an installer, type an admin password, close that installer … then for the love of all that is good just put the app into your Munki repo and be done with it. Automate it.
Using Munki to solve problems makes sense. Automation helps everyone in this case. But if you’re putting in one off applications into your Munki repo more often than you need to, you need to get those apps into Autopkg. Using Autopkg recipes to download the latest apps and put them into your Munki repo automatically is an automation love fest, but if your apps don’t have recipes what are you going to do? Manually add your apps to Munki? No way. We need a robot 🤖❤️. Recipe robot, that is.
Using Recipe Robot we can build Autopkg recipes for most apps then add the recipes to the Autopkg community to enjoy. Everyone wins.
I recently created recipes for two important apps in my media workflow: Kyno and Hedge. I’ll show an example of this workflow using Recipe Robot and Munki Admin to demonstrate the workflow.
Step 1. Feed the robot.
Drag and and drop the app you want to create your Autopkg recipes.
Step 2. Watch the robot do it’s work
Step 3. Robot is done. Recipes made.
Various type of recipes can be made. I chose download and munki because those are what I am using to automate adding apps to my Munki repo. But there are other options: jss, Filewave, or “install” for example.
Step 4. Run those Recipes
You can use your recipes locally with Autopkg. Run them in Terminal or use Autopkgr , a very nice GUI app for automating the collection and scheduling of recipes. Note: Autopkg and Munki can all be run via cli (command line interface) but for this demo we are showing the GUI apps that are there provided by outstanding members of the community. Many Thanks to them and the contributors to their projects.
Autopkgr app can send notifications in macOS, emails, or post to your Slack group.
Step 5. See the recipes, Use them wisely
Here is an example of newly imported Kyno and Hedge apps in our Munki repo (via Munki Admin GUI).
Add a display name, choose which catalogs the apps will reside in, and check that the description will help explain what the app is.
Elliot Jordan – Autopkg talk at MacDevOps:YVR
Elliot Jordan – Recipe Robot talk at MacDevOps:YVR