Switching CloudReady Release Channels:
From Stable to Beta/Development, and back.
|!Important: Before you switch to Beta or Development channel, please note that, while low risk, this is still an experimental version of CloudReady! Read more about Beta/Development channels.|
There are two ways of switching from Stable to Beta or Development Channels(and back) on CloudReady.
Note that in both cases you will need to reboot your computer(s) for the changes to take place.
- Make a Switch from your CloudReady computer
- Go to Settings
- Click About Chromium OS
- Click More info
- Click Change Channel;
- Pick Beta (or Development, or Stable, if you are on Beta already and want to switch)
Note that Education or Enterprise CloudReady devices may not permit individual machines to change release channels
- Make a Switch from your Google Management Admin Console
- Sign in to the Google Admin Console
- Click Device Management
- Click Chrome Management (on the left)
- Click Device Settings
- Navigate to the Organizational Unit (OU) that contains the CloudReady devices you want to switch channels on
- Scroll down to Device Update Settings
- Next to Release Channel, pick “Move to Beta Channel”, “Move to Development Channel” or “Move to Stable Channel”.
Important: Release channel cannot be changed in the top level (or "root") OU. Only lower or sub-OUs will allow Beta or Dev release channel.
Neverware recommends that you create a new OU for using the beta/development channel, and default to putting only 1-2 of each different CloudReady model your organization uses into that OU. This will make sure you can test new releases prior to release, but that bugs or instabilities in the Beta/Dev channels will not cause problems for your entire fleet.
For more info about how release channels work and what they are intended for, visit this article.
Back to Stable:
Move back to the Stable Channel by following the same instructions, by selecting "Stable" when you you repeat the processes listed above - this is true for both the Google admin console, and the individual computer method.
| !Important: If you need to switch back to Stable immediately after updating to Beta or Dev, you must reinstall. Returning to the Stable channel using the methods described above will not work until a new Stable update with a higher version number becomes available.
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.
The Beta and Development Channels are used to release crucial features and fixes early, so that our customers can solve urgent problems faster than releases normally come out. We recommend that you keep only 1-2 of each different CloudReady model your organization uses in Beta/Channel, and otherwise as many machines as possible should be on Stable. Only use Beta/Dev channels for limited testing, or to address issues you are experiencing and otherwise cannot resolve.
Don't forget to switch back to Stable as soon as your problem is solved so that you can avoid any unnecessary instability in the future.