Mac Install Notes

  1. Install MacOSX from DVD, default user UW SIG/uwsig
  2. Install various Apps/UWICK and run Software Update until there are no more updates
  3. In System Preferences:
    • Software Updates: run daily, download in background
    • Energy Saver: Never sleep, (under Options) restart automatically
    • Sharing: Enable Remote Login (SSH)
    • Keyboard: Enable Full Keyboard Access (Ctrl-fn-F7)
  4. Download and install the uwca.crt in Keychain and Firefox
  5. AddingPrinter if appropriate
  6. TimeMachine for Mac backups

See also MacNotes

Locking the Mac (without tying it to the screensaver)

  • Run the Keychain Access utility
  • Select Preferences from the Keychain Access menu item
  • Check "Show Status in Menu Bar"
  • A lock icon will be added to your menu bar, from there you can lock your screen.

Screen Sharing

See MacVnc or

Automounting NFS shares

In any of these you must add the "Advanced Mount Option" of -P to use a low reserved port number, which is the Linux NFS default. Apple hides NFS automounts:

10.6 Snow Leopard: Run Disk Utility, (in Applications -> Utilities) click File menu -> NFS Mounts more info

10.5 Leopard: Run Directory Utility (in Applications -> Utilities), and click on "Mounts" more info

10.4 and lower, use NetInfo more info

From CLI: mount -t nfs -o"-P" host:/foo /mnt

  1. Launch NetInfo Manager; it is located in the /Applications/Utilities? folder.
  2. Authenticate by clicking on the lock in the lower left corner.
  3. Click on the /mounts directory.
  4. Click on "New+" icon. An item named "new_directory" will appear.
  5. Double-click on the value "new_directory" for the "name" property and change it to "servername:/sharepoint".
  6. Select "New Property" from the "Directory" menu. Set the property name to "vfstype". Set the value to "nfs".
  7. Select "New Property" from the "Directory" menu. Set the property to "dir". If this sharepoint will mount dynamically, set the value to "/Network/Servers/?". If this is a statically mounted sharepoint, set the value to "/Network/sharepoint".
  8. Mounting a Linux NFS export requires opt -P (low port), unfortunately there's no GUI to add it, so we get to do lots of escaping with NetInfo:
    nicl . create /mounts/vagal:\\/usr\\/local\\/data opts "-P"
    nicl . create /mounts/$SERVER:\\/home\\/$LDAPUSER opts "-P"

Drive Imaging

Drive imaging seems to be a popular way to deploy multiple Macs, either from an external firewire drive or across the network. One free tool to do it is CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner):

There are even some tips for dual-booting Windows XP (now superseded by Apple Boot Camp):

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