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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)

See also MacNotes, TimeMachine, and AddingPrinter

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.

WARNING: some of the below is not updated for Leopard

Other things to investigate:

LDAP for login info Note: install the UWICK kit first since our LDAP certificate is signed by the UW.

  1. Launch Directory Access from /Applications/Utilities?
  2. Click on LDAPv3 and Configure...
  3. Click on New... and enter and chech the SSL box
  4. Choose the Unix template, and add the search base dc=sig,dc=biostr,dc=washington,dc=edu
  5. In Terminal, verify with dscl localhost list /LDAPv3/
  6. Back in the Directory Access window, choose Authentication
  7. In the Search drop-down, choose Custom path, Add..., and LDAPv3
  8. In Terminal, verify with dscl localhost list /Search/Users

If you want to make a LDAP group have local admin privleges, edit /etc/authorizations and change all references to '<string>admin</string>' to the LDAP group name.

Automounting NFS shares

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 seems to be a popular way to deploy multiple Macs, either from an external firewire drive or across the network. Some free tools to do it are CCC and NetRestore

There are even some tips for dual-booting Windows XP: