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Having an odd issue ever since updating my server from SL to Lion.

Software Update Server can not connect to apple to retreive new updates.

Here is the extremely non informative log:

Aug 17 17:10:34 Pro-Server.local swupd_syncd[1001] : Performing scheduled sync.

Aug 17 17:10:34 Pro-Server.local swupd_syncd[1001] :

Aug 17 17:10:34 Pro-Server.local swupd_syncd[1001] : swupd_syncd 10.7 (12) for Mac OS X Server 10.7 (Darwin/x86_64)

Aug 17 17:10:34 Pro-Server.local swupd_syncd[1001] : ========== Sync Started ==========

Aug 17 17:10:34 Pro-Server.local swupd_syncd[1001] : Unable to retrieve catalog(s) from the Apple server

Aug 17 17:10:34 Pro-Server.local swupd_syncd[1001] : Sync Complete

The machine itself can reach Apple's software update server when going through "Software Update..." in the menu bar. Any ideas?

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Are you behind an HTTP Proxy?

I know this is for 10.6, but this article may prove to be useful http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3099

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Not behind a Proxy... Thank you for the article though. –  Bupsy Aug 22 '11 at 12:59
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just had this same problem. check to make sure that these two directories are there and have the right permissions:

/etc/swupd/ drwxr-xr-x 11 _softwareupdate _softwareupdate 374 May 27 03:02 swupd

/var/db/swupd/ drwxrwxr-x 3 _softwareupdate _softwareupdate 102 Mar 8 20:15 swupd

My var/db/swupd wasn't there. after I recreated it and added the correct permissions updates started downloading.

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Thank you for the response, however I am unable to try your solution because I simply gave up and reverted back to Snow Leopard Server. Lion was causing too many headaches and I was running out of time. –  Bupsy Aug 22 '11 at 12:57
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