Apple Content Caching

This post was originally published on this site

I have slowly morphed into an Apple fanboy over the last decade or so collecting a large number of devices ever since my first MacBook Air back in 2011. When you’re in the ecosystem additional devices just make sense….. I currently have:

Mac Mini M1Macbook Air 2018iPhone XSIpad Pro 9.7Apple Watch 4iPhone 7 ( Work Phone)

My Wife also has

MacBook AirIpadiPhone Xs

All in all a lot of apple devices that need Software & Application updates etc. Christian Mohn mentioned a while back that MacOS can do content caching and its very easy to implement. If only WSUS was as straightforward….

I turned it on on my Mac M1 last year and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the results.

Cache Results after 30 days

Over the last 30 days, all of the devices have pulled down nearly 100GB of data. The cache mechanism on my Mac Mini was able to serve 41GB of this locally leading to faster updates and less traffic on my WAN link. Although I have a fast link this may be useful for homes where multiple people are working from home or the connection is less than stellar. More info on it

Want to learn more? Read the source post!