The newest iteration of Apple macOS, 10.15 or Catalina, is live. Savvy IT organizations need to stay on top of updates to the OS as they’re released to ensure security. Managing these patches manually as they come in can be tedious, so how can admins automate macOS Catalina patch management?

Why Patch Management?

MacOS Catalina Patcher - Changelog. Download old versions here. 1.0b1 - 6/24/2019. Initial release 1.0b2 - 6/24/2019. Fixed a compatibility issue with Mac OS X. To rectify this, use Catalina Patcher to download a fresh copy of the Catalina installer, then re-create an installer volume and/or retry the installation. The Zoom application does. May 29, 2020 Overview. MacOS Catalina Patcher lets you install macOS Catalina on Mac computers that are no longer officially supported.

Before diving into Catalina specifically, let’s talk about patch management in general.

What are Patches?

  • Sep 15, 2020 macOS Catalina Patcher The easy way to run macOS Catalina on your Unsupported Mac. Use the Xcode Project to build. Excluding patched binary files, this repo is governed by GNU GPL v3. APFS BootROM Support: If you have a machine that supports High Sierra natively, you MUST ensure you have the latest version of the system's BootROM installed.
  • Sep 27, 2021 macOS Catalina Patcher (formerly macOS Mojave Patcher, macOS High Sierra Patcher and macOS Sierra Patcher) is a small yet powerful tool that can help you create a bootable USB drive that can be used to install macOS Catalina on Mac computers older than mid 2012, basically acting as a macOS Mojave patch for unsupported Macs.

Patches are alterations to a program’s codebase used to add new functionalities or fix broken ones. Software and operating system developers use patches to address bugs and provide the framework to avoid future code defects. New OS versions and functionality, like Catalina, can also be considered patches.

Unfortunately, though patches often enhance functionalities and promote security, some lead to headaches for IT admins. For example, with the release of Catalina, Apple removed the ability to run 32-bit applications like Adobe® on macOS systems.

Organizations relying on these apps are forced to find alternatives, or avoid updating to Catalina altogether. Additionally, some patches have been known to introduce zero-day vulnerabilities — code flaws developers know about but have not yet patched.

By controlling which patches happen and when, IT admins can exercise tighter control over their environments and ensure optimization of their system fleets’ efficacy and security.

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macOS Patch Management

Clearly, managing patches for every software and OS is important, but it’s especially so for macOS. Unlike Windows, which releases patches almost weekly, macOS patches are fewer and further between. Sometimes, Apple doesn’t announce a new patch until after it’s released, making macOS patch management more difficult than others.

So, in order to optimize their macOS patch management, admins not only need to be able to remotely install patches but also schedule installations, scan existing patches, and block new ones if need be. Automating this process is even more of a challenge, unless an organization is armed with the right tools.

macOS Catalina Patch Management from the Cloud

One such tool IT organizations can use to manage their macOS Catalina patches is a cloud directory service. A cloud directory service provides full, cross-platform system management capabilities, allowing admins to remotely control their Windows, macOS, and Linux® fleets.

When it comes to patch management, admins can use a cloud directory service to implement Policies that control how new patches are installed. That includes a configurable deferment time period to push updates remotely when an admin dictates.

Beyond that, organizations can leverage a cloud directory service to gain active insights into which OS version a system is running, among other data points. That way, admins can stay tuned in on the patch status of their macOS Catalina and other systems and manage them accordingly, all from the cloud.

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If your organization needs to automate patch management for macOS Catalina or any other operating system, learn more about JumpCloud’s cloud directory service by contacting our sales team or signing up for a free account.