Preparing for macOS 13 Ventura – Important Information

Written by Pam Lefkowitz and Tom Bridge on October 10, 2022

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macOS 13 Ventura is right around the corner. JumpCloud is happy to support macOS Ventura on its release day! We’re very excited for this new release of Apple’s flagship platform OS. We have spent the summer preparing for the release of Ventura, and we’re excited to see it ship. However, some organizations may not be ready for macOS Ventura on Day One, and we have some guidance on how you can delay its install on your devices.

Why Would I Delay A Release?

Whether it’s a feature of the OS, or key software that isn’t yet certified for the new OS, sometimes you need to delay the release of a new major upgrade to macOS. JumpCloud offers you an MDM policy to Delay Major OS Upgrades Policy for enrolled devices for such a use case, and a Block macOS Ventura App Installer Policy to prevent the full installer from running on your devices with the JumpCloud agent. 

This provides two ways for Mac Admins using JumpCloud to prevent the install of macOS 13 Ventura.

For more details, see our instructions here.

Keep in mind: Apple will only allow you to delay the upgrade’s appearance in your Software Update dialog for up to 90 days, after which this will be the upgrade that the end users see as their primary upgrade. You have time to resolve your issues, but not forever.

Preparedness is Every Admin’s Best Friend

Though it’s a challenge to keep pace with the Magicians of Cupertino, and their voluminous output, knowing what’s coming for your devices lets every admin shepherd their fleet of devices and their people. As an IT Admin, you can be an encyclopedia for your users of what’s coming and what’s here. Being ready for new versions of the operating system, even if you’re not ready to push them at scale, is a good posture to be in.

As macOS Ventura arrives for upgrading users, it may begin arriving also on new devices that arrive from Apple. Apple gives you a 90-day delay period to address problems in your workflows, but it doesn’t give you unlimited time before it arrives. IT Admins need to prepare to stay on top of the new release cycle, especially since the most secure version of macOS is the one that Apple has most recently released.

So grab a cider donut, or even a tall glass of the rich unfiltered cider itself, pull out your checklist, and take a look at macOS Ventura before it arrives. You won’t regret it.

Pam Lefkowitz

Pam is an IT Columnist at JumpCloud where she uses her experience as a consultant and MSP to write about IT admin life and tech. Outside of (remote) work hours, she spends her time with her dog, visiting her kids across the country, and being creative with fiber.

Tom Bridge

Tom Bridge is JumpCloud’s Principal Product Manager for Apple technologies. He has spent more than 20 years in IT roles at SMB and Medium Enterprise organizations as a consultant. He has degrees in Political Science and Music from Denison University, and a Masters in History of Science & Technology from Virginia Tech. He lives in the District of Columbia with his wife Tiffany, son Charlie, and 25-lb cat Macro.

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