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Update on Deep Freeze Mac and support for APFS
Posted by Adam Zilliax on 23 August 2018 09:01 AM

As our macOS users are aware Apple introduced a new file system with the release of macOS High Sierra and made it the default file system for several types of systems during the upgrade process. This has caused much difficulty for users of Deep Freeze since Deep Freeze did not support APFS at the time since it is a much different file system than what came before.

We are now nearing a point where we will be releasing a beta version of Deep Freeze Mac that will support APFS file systems. This release has been in the works for some time and represents an exhaustive redesign of the product to support APFS moving forward.
If you are interested in signing up for the beta program, and have the time to provide feedback on the product during the beta process, please visit the link below;

http://www.faronics.com/deep-freeze-mac-beta

At this time, we are specifically looking to restrict this beta to our existing users of Deep Freeze Mac and there are a couple of things that you should know before looking at deploying the software;
  • This beta will support macOS 10.13.5 or higher and is not recommended for deployment in a production environment.
  • The beta is a standalone version of the product and cannot be managed using Deep Freeze Cloud, Apple Remote Desktop, or any other 3rd party management tool.
  • Command line control, user mapping, and maintenance tasks are not implemented in the build that we are looking to release at this time.
  • While we now can support FileVault disk encryption we do not recommend that you enable the disk encryption while the device is protected by Deep Freeze.
So, if you are willing and able to participate in the beta program I encourage you to sign up at the link above!

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