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Restrict access to beta OS releases

Learn how to restrict access to beta releases of iOS and macOS.

Preventing Beta Software Installation for iOS

iOS devices can be enrolled into an Apple beta software program such as AppleSeed for IT and the Public Beta Software Program by installing a configuration profile. You can use a Restrictions Profile in Kandji to disallow the manual installation of configuration profiles and certificates, in turn blocking the installation of the Beta profile.

Create a restrictions profile 

  1. Navigate to the Library module.
  2. Click Add New in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Select the Restrictions Profile option. 

Configure the Restrictions Profile 

  1. Give your restrictions profile a Name.
  2. Select a Blueprint to deploy your Restrictions Profile. 
  3. Filter the restrictions options by the iPhone filter.
  4. Filter the restrictions options by using the search term profiles.
  5. Check the box for Disallow manual installation of configuration profiles and certificates.
  6. Click Save in the bottom right corner. 
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Preventing Beta Software Installation for macOS

macOS devices can be enrolled into an Apple beta software program such as AppleSeed for IT and Apple Beta Software Program by installing the Beta Access Utility. You can use the Disable Beta Updates Parameter in Kandji to disallow enrollment into a Beta program.

However, if an end-user receives the macOS Installer for a beta OS from another Mac enrolled in a Beta program, it is possible for the end-user to still install the beta. To protect against this method we recommend additionally configuring the Application Blocking Parameter within your Blueprint as well. 

Edit or Create a Blueprint

  1. Navigate to the Blueprints module.
  2. Click the Blueprint you would like to edit, or select New Blueprint.
  3. Click on Edit Parameters

Configure the Blueprint

  1. In the Search Parameters field, search for Beta.
  2. Toggle on the Disable Beta Updates Parameter. 
  3. Click Save.


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Configure Application Blocking

  1. In the Search Parameters field, search for Blocking.
  2. Toggle on the Application Blocking Parameter. 
  3. Input the Process Name for whichever beta installer you would like to block. In this example, we used Install macOS Big Sur Beta.
  4. Set the Match Type to exact. 
  5. Click Save.

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