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macOS Sierra (v10.12) at Stanford

Obtaining macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra (version 10.12) is scheduled for release on September 20, 2016. As with previous releases the software is available for download at the Mac App Store. The update to macOS Sierra is free.

For more information on the new OS, please visit Apple's new macOS Sierra page.

Software compatibility

You are encouraged to read this section in full to make sure the software you need to use is compatible with macOS Sierra before upgrading. This section will be updated frequently, so please check back often in the first few weeks following macOS Sierra's release. See the  RoaringApps site  for a longer list of applications.

Essential Stanford Software (ESS)

Software Description Sierra Compatibility
Stanford Desktop Tools (SDT) SDT 3.2.7 is available and is compatible with macOS Sierra.
Stanford Anti-Malware Stanford Anti-Malware is available on ESS and is compatible with macOS Sierra.
BigFix Client The latest BigFix client available on ESS is compatible with macOS Sierra.
Kerberos Commander Version 5.3 is available on ESS and is compatible with macOS Sierra.
Fetch The latest version of Fetch is compatible with macOS Sierra.
LelandSSH The latest version of LelandSSH is compatible with macOS Sierra.

Other applications

See Browser Recommendations for the latest information on browser compatibility with administrative applications in use at Stanford. Java 8 is supported on macOS Sierra, but does not work with administrative applications at this time.

If you have problems with locally stored email from Apple Mail, please submit a HelpSU request.

Software Description Sierra Compatibility
OpenAFS The current version is not compatible with macOS Sierra. An update is expected sometime after the macOS Sierra launch date.
BlueJeans According to the vendor, BlueJeans is compatible with macOS Sierra and Safari 9.
Box Sync Client According to the vendor, the latest version of Box Sync 4 is compatible with macOS Sierra.
Cisco Jabber Jabber is compatible with macOS Sierra.
Stanford Medicine Box A newer version (10.2.195) of the Mac Gears client was released, so those who had been experiencing difficulties should now be able to successfully login to Stanford Medicine Box.
CrashPlan CrashPlan  appears to work with macOS Sierra.
Google Drive Sync The Google Drive sync client appears to work with macOS Sierra. Official support is still being determined.
MATLAB The latest release is not compatible with macOS Sierra.
Microsoft Office 2016 Office 2016 for Mac is compatible with macOS Sierra.
Microsoft Office 2011

Not supported.

SNRT The Stanford Network Registration Tool, which is used during the Stanford Network Self-Registration process, is compatible with macOS  Sierra.
Stanford Whole Disk Encryption (SWDE) macOS Sierra is supported in SWDE through FileVault2, the native whole disk encryption feature.
VLRE VLRE is compatible with macOS Sierra.
VMWare Fusion

VMware Fusion 8 installs properly and runs VM correctly but a VM of macOS  Sierra does not work in El Capitan.

VPN Cisco AnyConnect and the native built-in VPN client are compatible with macOS Sierra.
Last modified September 13, 2016