If you're thinking about upgrading your Macs to macOS Sierra, you've probably got a few questions about how the process will impact on your business, as well as your existing IT and network setups.
Our 'how to upgrade' article touched on the importance of ensuring your Mac end users are all working on the same version of macOS, plus a few of the things to bear in mind before making the jump to the latest iteration of macOS.
Below, we've included three FAQs that should give you an idea of how we can help make your upgrade to macOS Sierra as smooth as possible...
"We've just purchased an expensive new server, but it doesn't gel with our Apple estate – can you get it working?"
To accompany your upgrade to macOS Sierra, we think it's a good idea to have your Macs operating on the same server as your other machines. That way, you can ensure the same level of supervision over your Apple devices as other, non-Apple computers on your network. Luckily, we've had a lot of practice providing a consistent native experience for macOS users operating on any server. We do this by utilising built-in features like Spotlight and extended file attributes against non-Apple file servers, including Windows, Linux and Solaris.
Using 802.1x certificates (that authenticate machines being integrated into an organisation's network), we enable macOS Sierra clients to automatically join secure wired/wireless networks just as easily as their Windows counterparts. We can also facilitate SSO (single sign-on) for your organisation's proxy servers and internal web applications, and provide standard integration for macOS computers into Microsoft's Active Directory, which verifies and permits all machines operating on a Windows-based network.
"We have rogue Macs on our network – how can we bring them under our control?"
Effective device management tools are a good place to start. They can can be a real help when deploying macOS updates across your Apple estate, and allow administrators to see exactly what models their end users are working on, as well as the version of macOS their systems are running.
Once admins understand the hardware and software they're working with, they can scope update rollouts accordingly. They can even issue system commands to automatically download and install macOS upgrades (requiring zero user interaction or administrative privileges), distribute the install application via an internal software catalogue where users can access the update themselves, or cache the installation on users' Macs and create a system policy to automate the update.
Our Mac management solutions are scalable, so whether you're handling a single macOS client or a thousand, we can advise on the entire system management cycle and adjust our solutions depending on your requirements. We'll help you utilise Mac management tools to automate the macOS Sierra update process across your entire Apple estate, so you don't have to worry about manually upgrading them one by one.
"What kind of support is available to help us upgrade to macOS Sierra?"
We can carry out Sierra upgrades for machines running OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion, including 'clean starts' – we'll totally wipe your Macs, giving end users a completely fresh experience when starting out with macOS Sierra.
We'll work with you to develop an upgrade roadmap and hammer out a strategy for your upcoming update rollout. And if you're looking for a hand with backup automation and user data restoration to ensure data continuity, our expert team will make sure you're fully equipped to take on any problems that may arise when you make the transition to Sierra. We can even loan you hardware to support the upgrade process, including backup servers to help keep your data secure while you make the switchover.
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