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One of the tools I’ve had on my list to write about for some time is the Mac Evaluation Utility. It’s a tool designed for Apple IT admins to determine the health of their macOS fleet – especially during OS update seasons. Read on to determine what it can do as well as how to download.

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Here’s one thing that’s become painfully clear in the past few years: macOS generates a lot of data, but wrangling that data into something usable isn’t always easy. Apple’s Mac Evaluation Utility is a free tool from Apple designed to generate reports to see what’s working, what’s enabled, and what can be made better. It can help determine if your internal network is ready to communicate with Apple’s long list of servers in order to process iCloud data as well as check for macOS updates.

What kind of data can the Mac Evaluation Utility gather?

The subhead of this section is the key part to know about this app. It cannot make changes to your macOS deployment, device management configuration, or anything on your network. Think of it as a “guide” to help you scale up your deployment. If you’re starting with a beta test…

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