Making sure your Mac end users are all on the same operating system is important. Not only does it mean everyone has access to the same great new macOS features, but some software only runs on certain versions of the OS, so what you don’t want is different people with different software versions, making files incompatable.
And while brand new Mac computers will ship with the latest version of macOS pre-installed, if you’re using older machines, and want the latest iteration of Apple’s operating system, you’ll need to upgrade. So here’s a quick step-by-step guide to upgrading individual Macs to macOS Sierra, if they’re not already managed in a device management solution.
macOS Sierra requirements
First thing’s first, you’ll need to know whether your Mac can actually support the latest version of macOS (but don’t worry, we can tell you this!), as not all older hardware and operating systems do. Apple advise you’ll also need at least 2GB of RAM and 8.8GB of free storage space to install macOS Sierra, although we would recommend much higher than 2GB RAM – at least 4GB but ideally 8GB.
To find out what model your Mac is, plus your memory, storage, and version of OS X, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu (). Supported Mac models are iMac (Late 2009 or newer), MacBook (Late 2009 or newer), MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer), MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer), Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer) and Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer).
Installing macOS Sierra
Already using OS X El Capitan v10.11.5 or later? macOS Sierra will automatically download for you in the background. When it’s finished downloading, you’ll get a notification telling you Sierra is ready to be installed. You can either click Install to get started straight away, or put it off till later by dismissing the notification, if more convenient.
If you’re using an operating system older than OS X El Capitan v10.11.5, here’s what you need to do:
1. Back up your Mac. Whether it’s to Time Machine, a NAS, or enterprise cloud storage, backing up your machine before you install any upgrades is always good practice.
2. Open the Mac App Store app on your Mac from the Applications folder, Launchpad, Spotlight or the Apple menu ().
3. If macOS Sierra doesn’t show automatically, search the App Store for macOS Sierra, or go directly to the macOS Sierra page.
4. Click the Download button on the macOS Sierra page. A file named Install macOS Sierra downloads to your Applications folder.
5. After it’s finished downloading, Install macOS Sierra opens automatically. Click Continue and follow the onscreen instructions.
Upgrading managed devices
If you’re already using a device management solution, you’re already applying settings, permissions and packages to new devices as soon as they’re turned on. That means the minute a new user logs in, their device starts loading the software you want them to have, and you have clear visibility over any changes. You’re then able to roll out operating system updates to all your end users’ devices at once at a strategic time (after you’ve tested them for compatibility with your core business software, of course) without even touching them.
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