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Support is now GA (Generally Available) for macOS 11 Big Sur in the Recommended subscription (available without joining the EAP. The EAP remains open for the time being to enable us to release further enhancements should we need to.
The following steps will provide a short overview about how to setup the Sophos Endpoint Client. Please be aware that this setup is for the EAP and is supported through the Sophos Community only.
Now that you have enrolled in the EAP you will need to go through a few steps to register your Mac Endpoints into the program.
Be aware that an endpoint will not get the EAP software until it is registered.
Note: This is an EAP and PRODUCTION devices should NOT be enrolled in it.
This will render the correct policy and endpoint software to the target devices.
Note: the Big Sur EAP v10.0.2 is currently Intel code and will not run natively on Apple M1 hardware. Rosetta 2 will be required to run the EAP on Apple M1 hardware.
Users wanting to test the Big Sur EAP with Apple's new M1 hardware will first need to install Rosetta 2. This can be done interactively (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT211861) or using the instructions below. The use of Rosetta 2 is supported in this EAP.
How to install Rosetta 2
/usr/sbin/softwareupdate --install-rosetta --agree-to-license
Now you can install the EAP v10.0.2 by using Intel compatibility mode. For more details please see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT211861
What is Rosetta 2? Rosetta 2 is a commonly used tool that enables a Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for a Mac with an Intel processor.
Will there be a performance difference when using Rosetta 2?
Native support using the full power and performance of the Apple hardware will always be faster than using Rosetta 2. For normal business users there should not be any discernible difference. For heavy users of disk or CPU (for example: video editing, heavy photoshop usage, compiling) they will notice a difference in performance.
Will Apple M1 Hardware be supported when we release Big Sur support?
Yes, and this support will come in two stages. Stage 1 will be using Rosetta 2 and Stage 2 will be native support.
When will M1 processors be natively supported? An early access program for native Apple M1 processor support will begin in early April. Native support means that Rosetta 2 is no longer required for emulation.
Stay tuned for more information regarding an official release.
Please make sure to visit our Recommended Reads section and reference the various How-to's and important information related to this EAP.