OS X Laptop Upgrades

OS X Laptop Upgrades

If your laptop system was initially configured by IT Support and you wish to upgrade your Apple MacBook system to the latest version of OS X then you can do so yourself via the Self Service application in the /Applications folder. Your laptop will need to be connected to the Physics wired network in order to to make the upgrade available to your system. We strongly recommend that you have a complete backup of the system before you upgrade . Once the upgrade is installed the system will reboot and complete the installation.

If you are upgrading to OS X 10.11 El Capitan or above please make sure that you understand the System Integrity Protection security technology as this may affect any software that you have installed yourself. For more information about System Integrity Protection please see the following website:

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204899

Please consider the following before upgrading your MacBook:

  • We estimate that the time to upgrade the system will be between one and two hours to complete
  • Make sure that you have a complete backup of your laptop, we recommend using the built in Time Machine backup mechanism.
  • You will need to have your MacBook connected to the Physics wired network in order to make the upgrade available to your system.
  • You will need to check that any software that you have installed yourself onto the system is compatible with the latest version of OS X.
  • You may need to recompile any libraries or software that you have installed yourself onto the system.
  • We recommend only updating from the previous version of OS X as the install times tend to be shorter and there is less difference between the operating systems.

Detailed instructions for upgrading your MacBook

  1. Connect your MacBook to the Physics wired network
  2. Save all open documents and close all applications as the system will be restarted shortly.
  3. Open Self Service from the Applications folder in Finder.
  4. In the Featured section of the Self Service homepage there should be a "Upgrade to macOS Sierra for MacBooks" icon.
  5. Click the "Upgrade" button next to the icon and read the information before clicking on the "Upgrade" button again to start the upgrade.
  6. Click OK to restart your computer.
  7. Your computer will then restart and complete the installation. This can take between one and two hours to complete.
  8. Once the installation is complete it should go back to the login screen and you can log back in.
  9. After the login you will manually need to reinstall the following either by yourself or via the Self Service application:
    • The Physics MacPorts installation.
    • Any software which is specific to different versions of OS X needed for your research.

If you have any problems upgrading your system or If the OS X upgrade is not available to your MacBook system via Self Service please contact ITSupport@physics.ox.ac.uk

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