macOS 10.14, also known as Mojave, was released in the fall of 2018.
As of December's release of 10.14.2, installing Mojave solves some problems (like "modern auth" support for Mail and Calendar users, though we don't recommend/support those apps for accessing your Davidson account) and brings some new features, but there are still some caveats and significant known issues. The upgrade is now available on request to campus computers; in addition, some newly purchased Apple computers are arriving with Mojave already installed.
Before You Decide to Upgrade
If your Mac's hard drive is encrypted (FileVaulted), you will need to be very careful when you change your network password. If the password is changed from anywhere other than your Mac (via System Preferences, Users & Groups), your FileVault unlocking password, Mac login password, and network password - normally all the same - will get out of sync in ways that can cause great confusion. You are strongly urged to:
- Change your network password before upgrading to Mojave, in hopes that Apple will fix this before your password expires again in 6 months;
- Remember this issue, and at whatever time you next need to change your password, recheck this Knowledge Base for the latest news on how to safely do so;
- If you do need to change your network password before this problem is resolved, do it from your Mac and while connected to the campus network, and then run the FileVault Password Resync from Self Service.
If you are considered a "High Risk User" due to the data types to which you have access, your computer's hard drive is probably not encrypted yet, but we will be coming to you soon to get that done - so the above notes will apply to you. (If you upgrade now, no need to change your password first - you can do that just before beginning the encryption process.)
If Adobe Creative Cloud apps are important to your work, please review Adobe's list of known compatibility issues to make sure none of them are showstoppers for you.
I Understand and Am Ready to Proceed
If you are ready to upgrade to Mojave, email T&I with your Mac's Davidson College Property Tag number, indicating that you have reviewed this article and are ready to proceed. The block preventing Mojave installation will be removed for that computer and you will be able to install via Self Service or the App Store.
As always, before you perform major maintenance on your computer, check to make sure your CrashPlan backup is running and has recently completed. The installation may take up to an hour, depending on your computer. Once it has started it will mostly run on its own; in some cases, there may be a login prompt before the process can entirely complete.