I was curious if anyone is experiencing odd behaviors with Macintosh Self Service after the 10.27 Jamf Cloud Upgrade. When I started my initial testing, I noticed that the Self Service application was not showing any categories. I went ahead and tried Self Service on another Macintosh, and it exhibited the same issue. After testing this on 10 systems, 7 of the systems were not showing any categories. Changing appearance from dark to light does not make any difference.
On the affected systems, it is showing all Self Service items that are scoped and I am able to run/install items from Self Service. I have already submitted a Jamf incident ticket to Jamf Support, but I thought I would see if anyone else is having an issue after the 10.27 upgrade.
Having the exact same issue on some of our Macs. The only way I've found to get it to display the Categories is to scroll down and click on Notifications, then scroll back up to Browse click it to expand and it will display them again.
We're having the same issue - although luckily I've only seen it on 1 computer so far. I'm expecting more to surface at any point.
I did find that scrolling to notifications, then back to browse seems to work on my one afflicted computer, but it's only a temporary fix.
And then this happened.
I noticed this on one of my test machines this morning. (It was a 2014 Mac mini that was running Catalina.) Scrolling and selecting Notifications and then Browse worked. However, if you collapse and re-expand Browse, the categories disappear again. If you don't see Browse at all, I noticed that reloading Self Service, selecting Notifications, and selecting the space where Browse is supposed to be displayed the notifications. This is a temporary solution as well.
We migrated from on-prem to the cloud on Friday, right before the update. Now all of our Macs are communicating with the old server rather than the cloud server. So any Macs that did update to 10.26 or 10.27 reverted back to 10.25.1 (which is what our on-prem was running). It's a good thing we didn't take the server down.
Scrolling has never seemed to help in my case. In my fleet of around 600 systems it either works or it doesn't. There's a wide variety of systems out there. On my sample of the 10 systems that I tested in my fleet:
• 1 is a M1 Mac
• 5 of the systems are macOS Mojave 10.14.6. One of these worked.
• 2 of the systems are running macOS Catalina 10.15.7. Both of these did not work.
• 3 systems (including the M1 Mac) are running macOS Big Sur. Two of these three work - with one running Big Sur 11.3 beta 2.
I tried finding a pattern on Saturday when I first encountered this in testing, but just could not find one. While working with Jamf Support yesterday, they had me remove the Self Service app and then I ran "sudo jamf policy" to re-install Self Service. I experienced the same problem again.
Here's an animated screenshot of what I'm seeing on affected systems:
I heard back from Jamf Support. They are unable to reproduce the issue. The Jamf Support person has filed an internal product issue for this Self Service behavior. It is PI-009394. If you haven't already filed a Support Ticket, please file one. If you've filed one, you might want to add the PI-009394 that was created today for reference. I honestly don't know how many of my ~600 computers are affected, but it does cause confusion for our customers.
Also, it looks like someone filed a feature request here to revert back to the old Self Service app.
We're seeing the same issue with varying macOS versions, so far no commonalities. I'm not sure how widespread it is yet. I've supplied requested logs to the ticket I opened earlier. We are waiting for Jamf Support to respond.
I rushed 10.27 into production to fix the MDM engine issues introduced in 10.26... Now this SS PI has derailed our internal Big Sur pilot. Not cool jamf. I need your product to work, work well at scale, and work reliably at scale. UI is very low on the reasons of why I advocate for jamf as a product. Please step up your QA game!
After our DEV environment was upgraded to Jamf Pro 10.27 I did some testing and found a way to reliably replicate this issue. It has to do with the whether or not you have enough categories displayed under the Browse list to cause the scroll bar to appear in the lefthand sidebar. I think this is why it appears so sporadic at first because different Macs may have a different number of categories listed depending on how many Self Service policies are successfully scoped to them.
I didn't notice this at first because in our DEV environment we only had four categories in the Browse list. I found that once you have enough categories to show the scroll bar, around 18 to 20 including the built-in All category, you can easily and consistently trigger this behavior and temporarily fix it.
Steps to reproduce and work around
1. Quit Self Service.
2. Create one or more test Self Service policies scoped to all of your Macs (or just your test Macs if doing this in production) and check about 18 to 20 categories under the Categories section of the Self Service tab.
3. Open Self Service. If you have the scroll bar showing for the lefthand sidebar, the Categories list under Browse should be blanked out.
4. Expand the height of the Self Service window to cause the scroll bar to disappear. Quit and reopen Self Service. Your categories should now be displayed.
5. Shrink the height of the Self Service window to cause the scroll bar to appear again. Quit and reopen Self Service. Your categories should now be blanked out.
6. Rinse and repeat between 4 and 5 to consistently go back and forth between categories being displayed and being blank.
I successfully replicated this issue on macOS 10.3.6, 10.14.6, 10.15.7 and 11.2.1.
@spalmer excellent work, you just gave me the idea as to what is going on!
I was able to replicate this issue just now. If you have enough categories visible to warrant the need for the scrollbars, and scrollbar visibility is enabled, the categories disappear.
Setting it to 'when scrolling' with an old school mouse connected fixes it.
Trackpads on MacBooks usually hide the scrollbars, so that would explain why I haven't seen it on any of my laptops.
Looks like the view isn't accounting for the extra space imposed by having visible scrollbars.
I just sent video of the issue being replicated to support
I have a client on a MacBook who needs to upgrade their computer OS (via Self Service).
They are experiencing this symptom.
Launch Self Service and all categories are gone
Expand the window size, restart Self Service and all categories are there
Shrink Self Service and force scrollbars did not resolve the issue.
Expanding the window size resolved the issue.
omg... I wish they'd issue a patch for this ASAP. Or maybe I can bill all my tickets about unable to use Self Service back to Jamf? Self Service is 99% of how upgrades and updates get to my users (can't push or cache to global mobile users since I can't know what their network speeds are in most cases).