jamf & softwareupdate processes around 70 to 90 percent CPU time, how to throttle?

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on our managed clients, especially the not so powerful MacBook Airs, we have the problem, that the jamf process and also the softwareupdate process uses a lot of CPU power.

Would like to know if it's a good idea to reduce these processes to a max. of 50% CPU time for example and if there is a "out of the box" solution included in OS X 10.7.5 or 10.8.3 to do so?

I know only Will Nolan's open source command-line utility "cputhrottle" for OS X:


Hopefully there are better tools out there (or build in into OS X, maybe "renice" would help)?

Because with "cputhrottle" the process ID has to remain constant! This time the jamf PID is 9443 for example, but it's for sure different after every reboot ... So I have to use the process name instead the ID.

Thanks for any hints,
all the best,

PS: The "process renicer" tool is closed ... :(