September 1 Deadline for Mac OS Upgrades

April 23, 2012
Since Apple is no longer providing security updates for Mac OS X 10.5, and given the recent increase in attacks against Mac OS X and the continued vulnerability to those attacks by older Apple systems, every effort to upgrade or replace these systems must be taken as soon as possible. ITS Client Services has worked closely with our Security group to verify that all needed patches can be successfully pushed through system updates to all 10.6.8 systems or higher.

In order to secure our Baylor network, only Apple computers running an OS 10.6.8 or higher will be allowed on the network as of September 1, 2012. As noted in the April 11th BearAware Alert, any 10.6 computer can be upgraded by the client to 10.6.8 by following the instructions on the ITS website located here. Computers running 10.5 that are not due to be replaced and are eligible for upgrade (Level B, Category 1, for example) can be upgraded. All others need to be replaced.

A 10.5 computer running PGP takes approximately 48 hours to re-image and upgrade; others will take approximately 2 hours. ITS will be adding additional resources to assist departments in July and August with Category 1 upgrades. These resources will first be used to complete all requested 10.7 upgrades, which should be completed by the end of June.
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