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Orchard - System Requirements for Macs & macOS

Orchard Managed Macs — System Requirements

Hardware Compatibility

Macs must meet the following minimum specification to be able to use Orchard.

  • Mac computer with a 64-bit Intel processor
  • 2GB RAM (minimum of 4GB recommended)
  • 256GB storage

Operating System Versions

Orchard is supported on the following macOS versions.

  • macOS 10.12 Sierra (recommended)
  • macOS 10.11 El Capitan
  • macOS 10.10 Yosemite

Orchard does not yet support macOS 10.13 High Sierra; full support is expected to be added during 2018.

Infrastructure Requirements

Network

The local network infrastructure requirements for any networks where Orchard Macs are located are as follows.

  • Per managed desktop Mac a dedicated 100MBit/sec (or faster) Ethernet port
  • Static IP addresses for all managed desktop Macs allocated using DHCP
  • Ethernet docking stations for managed laptop Macs are recommended for connection to shared storage and printers
  • DNS including PTR records following the IT Services naming scheme for all managed desktop Macs
  • NetBoot from the central Orchard servers (mmpboot1.nsms.ox.ac.uk & mmpboot2.nsms.ox.ac.uk) by enabling them as ip-helper-addresses/dhcp-relays

Firewall

The following firewall exclusions are required.

  • Allow SSH (tcp port 22) to all managed Macs from NSMS IP range (129.67.102.64/26)
  • Allow ARD aka net-assistant & vnc-server (tcp ports 3283, 5900) to all managed Macs from NSMS IP range (129.67.102.64)/26
  • Allow bootps/bootpc (upd ports 67, 68) to all network segments containing managed Macs from NSMS NetBoot servers (mmpboot1.nsms.ox.ac.uk & mmpboot2.nsms.ox.ac.uk)

Other

For clients with more than 50 users we also recommend a network volume (shared using AFP or SMB reshared as AFP) with about 300GB free disk space to be used as a local software repository.

Exceptions

The following devices cannot be enrolled in Orchard.

  • Systems not owned by the University of Oxford

The following peripherals cannot be supported on Orchard devices.

  • Office peripherals (eg fax machines, photocopiers, all-in-one devices, telephones)
  • Audio-visual equipment (eg televisions, video systems, DVD recorders)

 

 

Written by IT Services. Latest revision 3 May 2018