Mac OS X

macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
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Parallels

The OIT recommends and supports macOS 10.12 (Sierra). Currently the OIT also provides support for 10.11 (El Capitan) and 10.10 (Yosemite). Other versions of macOS are not recommended or supported for Notre Dame academic, business, or general use as they are not supported by Apple.

macOS 10.12 (Sierra) Support

The OIT has tested Apple’s macOS 10.12 (Sierra). The following information identifies the issues and improvements found with this version of the operating system. All new hardware will come with 10.12 installed. For university-owned systems, the OIT recommends you work with your IT support to complete the process on your system.

Sierra Issues of Note

  • Sierra machines on the wired network that are new or have been moved will need to be whitelisted by the Help Desk. Please contact 1-8111 or visit help.nd.edu for assistance.
  • ND-Secure Web Connect utility has not been updated yet by the vendor. Instead, we recommend using the eduroam wireless network, which has the same capabilities as ND-Secure. You can download the eduroam connect utility by going to eduroam.nd.edu.
  • To connect to the VPN, you will need to use the latest version of the Anyconnect VPN client available at https://vpnaccess.nd.edu/ or the OIT Software Downloads page.
  • Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac for institutionally-owned and personally-owned machines is available at the OIT Software Downloads site.
  • The OpenAFS client is no longer supported on macOS machines.
  • Adobe Contribute at this time does not launch on Sierra
  • FileMaker Pro has several known issues resulting in the program crashing, or exhibiting strange behavior on Sierra. They can be found here.
  • Mathworks has some incompatibilities with Sierra. Check here for more info.
  • Banner INB will sometimes throw several java errors, and ask to continue or crash. Clicking continue will allow further work to be done. No known functionality has been lost in Banner INB due to this.
  • iCloud is not an approved university data repository and should not be used to store university data.  Sierra has a tighter integration with iCloud, but should only be used for storing personal data.
  • Testing of applications can also be found at http://roaringapps.com/apps:table. Apple should have a list as well soon.

Improvements & New Features

You can find a complete list of new features and technical details at http://www.apple.com/osx/

OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) Support

El Capitan (OS X 10.11)

The OIT has tested Apple’s OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). The following information identifies the issues and improvements found with this version of the operating system. All new hardware will come with 10.11 installed. For university-owned systems, the OIT recommends you work with your IT support to complete the process on your system.

El Capitan Issues of Note

  • El Capitan machines on the wired network that are new or have been moved will need to be whitelisted by the Help Desk. Please contact 1-8111 or visit help.nd.edu for assistance.
  • Office 2016 for Mac is experiencing random crashes in all app versions. Users are advised not to upgrade Office if they are moving to El Capitan.
  • To connect to the VPN, you will need to use the latest version of the Anyconnect VPN client available at https://vpnaccess.nd.edu/ or the OIT Software Downloads page.
  • Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac for institutionally-owned and personally-owned machines is available at the OIT Software Downloads site.
  • OpenAFS -  OpenAFS does not currently work on El Capitan.
  • PrintND does not seem to be compatible with El Capitan at this time. If you experience problems you can use mobile print in the interim.
  • iCloud is not an approved university data repository and should not be used to store university data.  El Capitan has a tighter integration with iCloud, but should only be used for storing personal data.
  • Testing of applications can also be found at http://roaringapps.com/apps:table. Apple should have a list as well soon.

Improvements & New Features

You can find a complete list of new features and technical details at http://www.apple.com/osx/

OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) Support

Yosemite (OS X 10.10)

The OIT has tested Apple’s OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). The following information identifies the issues and improvements found with this version of the operating system. All new hardware will come with 10.10 installed. The OIT recommends you work with your IT support to complete the process on your system.

Yosemite Issues of Note

  • Yosemite machines on the wired network that are new or have been moved will need to be whitelisted by the Help Desk. Please contact 1-8111 or visit help.nd.edu for assistance.
  • To connect to the VPN, you will need to use the latest version of the Anyconnect VPN client available at https://vpnaccess.nd.edu/ or the OIT Software Downloads page.
  • Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac for institutionally-owned and personally-owned machines is available at the OIT Software Downloads site.
  • OpenAFS -  OpenAFS does not currently work on Yosemite
  • iCloud is not an approved university data repository and should not be used to store university data.  Yosemite has a tighter integration with iCloud, but should only be used for storing personal data.
  • Testing of applications can also be found at http://roaringapps.com/apps:table. Apple should have a list as well soon.

Improvements & New Features

Boot Camp

Boot Camp is a utility for macOS computers that allows Windows to be installed on the machine. This allows the user to choose which operating system should be loaded on start-up. This is very useful for those who need to use both a Mac and a PC.

Parallels

Parallels is a utility for Mac OS X computers that allows a virtual machine to use nearly all of the host machines hardware resources. 


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