Posted on 06-07-2021 11:29 AM
Apple just announced macOS Monterey (macOS 12) earlier today. Make sure to block the beta installer for everyone except your testing machines. Restrict the following process:
Install macOS Monterey Beta.app
Posted on 06-07-2021 11:29 AM
I'd also suggest "Install macOS Beta.app" incase the SWE team didn't know the name of the OS prior to building the first beta.
Posted on 06-07-2021 12:52 PM
Install macOS 12 Beta.app
Posted on 06-07-2021 01:05 PM
Install macOS 12 Beta.app
is the string to block
Posted on 06-07-2021 01:21 PM
If you block the process named "InstallAssistant" that should block any variant of the "Install macOS..." app
Posted on 06-07-2021 01:33 PM
I already block the InstallAssistant process, so we might be ok, but I'll be adding in a new "Install macOS 12 Beta.app" Restricted Software item just in case.
As an aside, it seems Apple is now going to jump the main version number with each new OS release. We went from many years of 10.x.x versions to 11.x last year and now 12.x. It will be interesting to see if they continue with that numbering convention for the long haul.
Posted on 06-07-2021 01:49 PM
I hope so. That might mean we actually get update releases of macOS Big Sur with incremented version numbers once macOS Monterey ships rather than the innumerable Builds there have been for macOS Catalina 10.15.7
Posted on 06-07-2021 02:09 PM
@sdagley Hmm, I don't necessarily see how that would mean Apple would ship further Big Sur incremental updates after Monterey ships. I mean, there was literally nothing technical stopping Apple from releasing a macOS 10.15.8 or 10.15.9 point release after Big Sur came out, was there? This is just SOP for Apple. Move on to the new OS and forget about the old one. macOS Big what? Never heard of it!
Of course, in reality they have committed to an N-2 support model, so they still need to provide updates to Big Sur and Catalina once Monterey ships, but they really don't like anyone to focus on that. Hence the boring old build updates and not incremental version updates, if you ask me. Just my 2¢.
Posted on 06-07-2021 02:20 PM
That's why I said "might". Sometimes I feel like Apple PR is as involved in the release process as Engineering, and doesn't like seeing large version numbers, or rapid changes in them. That could explain the 14.0.3 and 14.1 versions of Safari where there were two releases of each but the CFBundleShortVerisonString wasn't changed despite a new build number, or the re-release of Catalina Security Update 2021-001 instead of progressing to version 2021-002 like they did for Mojave to pick up the sudo fix from the Catalina Supplemental Security Update.
Posted on 06-07-2021 04:32 PM
Posted on 06-08-2021 12:30 AM
@mm2270 Do you have a pointer do anything that shows that Apple commits to support the N-2 model? As far as I remember Apple does not commit to anything with respect to supporting it's OS. From what we see we can deduce that for the time being they do support N-2, but having a commitment would be nice.
I also have some hope that we get reasonable minor update numbering in the future, instead of the horrible Security Update numbering and additional Security Updates.
Posted on 06-08-2021 01:31 AM
As far as I know macOS now follows the same naming convention as their other OS's, iOS, tvOS, iPadOS, watchOS. So it will increment every year with a major release number just like iOS. I don't know about minor increments for 11.x.x once 12 comes out. Look to what iOS does regarding previous versions and it's a good bet macOS will do the same going forward. That was the whole point of changing the numbering convention to match iOS etc. @mschroder There is no N-2 documentation that I am aware of. We simply know based on what OS versions new patches and security releases are released for, currently 11.x.x, 10.15 and 10.14. Once 12.x.x comes out you will most likely see 10.14 security patch releases stop. Apple want everyone using the latest version of their OS every year.
Posted on 06-08-2021 07:21 AM
You can also restrict macOSDeveloperBetaAccessUtility.pkg so that the end user does not see Monterey.
Posted on 06-08-2021 11:27 AM
What is the best practice, please, can few Names of the process to restrict be added to Process Name field? Like:
"Install macOS Beta.app", "macOSDeveloperBetaAccessUtility.pkg", "Install macOS 12 Beta.app"
Or any one of those above should be added as separate restricted software record?
Posted on 06-08-2021 11:37 AM
You can't restrict multiple processes like that. Simply blocking "InstallAssistant" will prevent the installer GUI form running with all recent versions of the macOS release and beta installers.
Posted on 06-08-2021 11:47 AM
@mhasman Only one process can be added per Restricted Software title.
I would just add
Install macOS 12 Beta.app Those should be enough.
Posted on 06-08-2021 12:17 PM
Posted on 06-08-2021 12:28 PM
@mhasman If you're using a script like macOSUpgrade or erase-install to initiate a Catalina upgrade from Self Service then blocking "InstallAssistant" won't prevent them from running.
Posted on 06-08-2021 01:27 PM
I am 98% it was said during a Keynote, just like upgrades every year... 100% sure Tim said that !!! However I don't disagree with your "vibe" ... There are many times where Apple has said one thing and done something else ... :)
Posted on 06-08-2021 03:26 PM
I'd probably want a second pair of eyes to double check my shaky regex, but here is a string to identify devices incompatible with Monterey using the model identifier criteria:
11-05-2021 08:58 AM - edited 11-05-2021 08:59 AM
According to everymac.com, iMac15's aren't supported on Monterey either, so I updated your regex to include them:
Posted on 06-08-2021 06:24 PM
I don't understand why no one has pointed out the Software Update configuration profile that doesn't allow Beta's??
Does it not work for you? Works perfectly for us and allows other Major to Major versions.
Posted on 06-14-2021 04:18 AM
@dcgagne I guess this is added to a smart group with Model Identifier and then set as regex?
Posted on 06-14-2021 11:21 AM
Posted on 06-17-2021 08:30 AM
Does anyone have an updated version for this EA which supports Monterey ?
Posted on 08-12-2021 12:33 AM
Does anybody know, how we can block Monterey after release?
Posted on 08-12-2021 04:10 AM
@mickl089 You'll be able to add the installer app or the installassistant to your restricted software. You can also use the new softwareupdate profile payloads.
Posted on 10-01-2021 11:14 AM
Is there a way to ignore monterey when it's release. I don't think the "sudo softwareupdate --ignore "macOS Monterey" works any more.
Posted on 10-25-2021 09:27 PM
Is there a way to block the macOS Monterey using a script.
Posted on 10-26-2021 03:56 AM
Hello, anyone how to block Monterey from the Restrictions Software part. We do this with Big Sur and works fine in the past, with Monterey now not, Users able to start the install, As i see you say we can block the InstallAssistant but i have during the start of the upgrade this not in my process list. second here, when we set the restrictions and apply to all computer, correct me this is applied then to all in JAMF, right? Sorry really new to JAMF and lerning a lot at the Moment.
Posted on 10-26-2021 06:37 AM
Uncheck “restrict exact process name.”
Posted on 10-27-2021 02:24 PM
I am having the same issues as others with blocking Monterey. What did work before with Big Sur is no longer working. I am using restricted software to block the actual Install macOS Monterey.app as well as the InstallAssistant. I also have a policy to ignore, but it does not seem to work like it did when i was blocking Big Sur
Run Unix command 'sudo softwareupdate --ignore "macOS Monterey"'
The only way i have found is to defer it for 90 days, which i wish they would give a longer time as we are in higher education and only do major upgrades like these in the summer to give us time to test all the software prior
Posted on 10-28-2021 03:50 AM
The --ignore flag for the softwareupdate command has been deprecated by Apple. Thats why it does not work anymore (and unlikely to come back anytime soon)
Posted on 11-02-2021 09:19 AM
softwareupdate: unrecognized option `--ignore'
Posted on 11-02-2021 09:21 AM
Exactly. Thats the error message that you get when you still try to run it.
Posted on 10-27-2021 02:54 PM
Same as Sbrammer, they only solution right now is the 90 option within Jamf's configuration Profile, under restrictions, and Functionality, the scroll down and change Delay software updates from Major updates the max 90 days. My companies IS teams takes like 8 months to approve the new releases.
Posted on 11-02-2021 11:55 AM
That works, thank you @Windbiel!
At list we have 90 days to figure out compatibility with other enterprise IT parts with no users asking "I see Monterey in Software Update, should I install it?"
Posted on 10-28-2021 06:04 AM
Is there a way to defer the update past 90 days? Would be nice to at least have an option for deferring 180 days. Also, will the restricted software option in Jamf still work? Would really not like it to show up at all, so the defer option will be great until the 91st day, then will the restricted software still apply? I haven't tested it yet but will work on that today to find out.
Posted on 11-02-2021 11:57 AM
It works, too; unfortunately, action happens after 12GB downloaded
Posted on 10-29-2021 08:14 PM
Defer only works for updates not upgrades. (10.15 to 10.15.2 for example)