Platform: Mac OS X

Updating macOS

Making sure that your Mac is kept up to date is important. Macs that are part of IAC will automatically install minor updates that do not require a reboot. However, updates that require a reboot must be initiated by the user. There are two ways that you can install updates on a Mac.


Upgrading macOS

Before updating your computer make sure the following is complete!

  • You have a backup of your documents and data from the Mac you are about to update.
  • If updating a Macbook, make sure that it is plugged in and is charging.
  • Make sure that all updates for the macOS you are currently on are installed. If you need help with installing updates click here.


There are two ways that you can upgrade your macOS.


Connecting to IAC Windows Computers from off-campus via VPN (Mac client)

This method allows connection from off-campus to an on-campus office computer running Windows.  The method uses technologies called Virtual Private Networking (VPN) and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), which together allow you to connect securely to your computer through the Internet and give you mouse and keyboard control over your computer while showing you everything that's happening on the screen. This method is particularly useful if you need access to your exact work environment and applications from your home computer or other off-campus computer (coffee shop, hotel, etc).