If anyone has suggestions on how one might go about downloading recent macOS releases without going through the Apple Store it would be appreciated.
In researching my above questions I stumbled across a possible solution I had forgotten about from my system administrator days in the use of Reposado and Margarita.Just want to add that I am aware of the Python script mentioned previously here on MacInTouch. While this is one option, I am looking at other methods as well.
One advantage to this solution is that it can run both on macOS and Linux platforms. Perhaps a bit overkill for my needs, but for those in the audience who wish for a full service solution without having to run macOS Server to get the Server Update Service, and all the strings it attaches, this may be a solution worth considering. Think of it as the Installinstallmacos.py utility on steroids.What's Reposado?
Reposado is a set of tools written in Python that replicate the key functionality of Mac OS X Server's Software Update Service.
Margarita is a web interface to reposado the Apple Software Update replication and catalog management tool. While the reposado command line administration tools work great for folks who are comfortable in that environment something a little more accesible might be desired.