What is a Beta / Development Release? What are Channels?
CloudReady offers the same selection of release channels as Chromebooks, though the releases available are different and delivered by Neverware.
Please note: our Beta and Dev channels are intended for bug-fixing or testing only! Non-stable updates often carry unknown bugs. We recommend using the Beta/Dev Channels only for the following situations:
- Keep 1-2 of each model-type in your fleet on Beta so that you can confirm ongoing stability
- As instructed by Neverware Support, move small groups/classrooms of machines to Beta/Dev channel to get early access to critical bug fixes or new features
- After this targetted group has updated, make sure to move them back to the Stable channel to avoid unexpected issues.
- Preview new releases on machines which you are willing to manually reinstall on if a bug occurs
When switching to Beta or Development channel, you cannot revert back to a stable version with a lower version number. Once a device has updated to a Beta or Dev release, it must wait for a stable release with a higher version number to become available. At that point, it will switch back to stable by updating to that newer, stable update if you move it back to the stable release channel.
For example, imagine you switch a group of CloudReady machines to v10-Beta. After they update to v10-Beta, you direct them to switch back to the Stable channel. Those machines will not update again until v11-stable (or greater) is available from Neverware.
How can I move machines to different release channels?
For instructions on how to toggle individuals or groups of machines back and forth between Beta, Development, and Stable channels, check out this article!