Delay and Enforce OS Updates

Keep computers updated and set a delay for installation of updates to a specified number of days.

Delay macOS software updates

To maintain a consistent software update schema across your organization you can defer software updates and choose when they will automatically be installed. There are two places you'll want to configure this; Blueprint Parameters and Restrictions profile from within your Library. 

Blueprint

Navigate to macOS Applications & Services and then Software Update.

In Software Update you will find that you have many options to manage reporting, downloading, and installing updates. This is a great way to make sure that at minimum, security updates are being automatically installed on all of your computers. 

For each option, you'll see that Kandji has clearly separated enabling the download of macOS updates and App Store installations. You can enable Parameters to choose whether you want to automatically install macOS updates, App Store updates, both or none. It is best to consider what access is needed for your users and how much control you want them to have over their software being updated or not. 

These Parameters are simply enabling the same settings that you can find by going to System Preferences > Software Update and clicking Advanced. 

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Restrictions Profile

You can defer OS updates with the Restrictions profile in your Kandji Library. This option allows you to defer updates for a specified number of days. This can be especially helpful if you are managing Mac computers, iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS. The Restrictions profile allows you to choose whether any of the options set are applied to the specific platform you want to restrict. 

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Block Beta & Standard Upgrades

The native options for blocking beta updates are enabled using the Disable Beta Updates Parameter in your Blueprints and utilizing Kandji's Application Blocking Parameter

The following examples are specific to macOS Monterey and macOS Big Sur. For each release, you'll need to update each setting with the relevant info specific to that release. 

 

Monterey - Public Release

  • Process name: Install macOS Monterey 
    • Match Type: Contains 
  • Path: /Applications/Install macOS Monterey.app
    • Match Type: Contains 
  • Bundle ID: com.apple.InstallAssistant.macOSMonterey 
    • Match Type: Exact 

Big Sur - Public Release

  • Process name: Install macOS Big Sur 
    • Match Type: Contains 
  • Path: /Applications/Install macOS Big Sur.app
    • Match Type: Contains 
  • Bundle ID: com.apple.InstallAssistant.macOSBigSur 
    • Match Type: Exact 

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