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The following instructions outlines the procedure for setting up a Mac (running OS X) to use the College and University network. It assumes that the Mac is set up and working correctly. This guide was written using OS X 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion). Other versions of OS X may differ slightly.
You must not attempt to set up your computer on the network until you have registered for, and received, an IP address from the Computing Support Office. You will receive the IP address (together with all the other network addresses and information that you need) on a pink notification form when you arrive at College.
Please note: If you have a MacBook Air, you must purchase a USB to ethernet/RJ45 adapter to use your machine with the wired network at Churchill College.
Go to System Preferences. Open the 'Network' Preferences panel.
If the padlock symbol in the bottom left corner of the Network Preferences panel shows that the network preferences panel is locked, click the padlock and enter the username and password of a user with administrative rights to the computer. This should change the symbol to an unlocked padlock.
Click the 'Location' box, and select 'Edit Locations' from the resulting dropdown menu. Click + and enter 'Churchill College' as the location name. Click 'Advanced'.
Beside 'Configure IPv4', select 'Manually' as the configuration method. Enter the IPv4 Address, subnet mask and router, all of which are specified on your pink notification form.
Click the DNS tab and enter the DNS addresses provided using the + button. Then enter the domain from your pink form in the box marked 'Search domains' using the same method. Click OK then Apply. Close the window.
Open 'System Preferences', then choose 'Sharing'. In the 'Computer Name' field, enter the 'Computer Name (Host)' detailed on your pink form. Then click the back arrow on the top left of the window.
Whilst still in System Preferences, choose 'Software Update'. Ensure that 'Automatically check for updates', 'Download newly available updates in the background' and 'Install system data files and security updates' are all ticked.
It used to be the case when anti-virus wasn't considered necessary for Mac systems. However malware written for Mac has become more widespread in recent years. It is strongly recommended you have some form of anti-virus running on your Mac. The University Computing Service have a web page at http://www.ucs.cam.ac.uk/support/anti-virus/ where you can find links to the University's recommended anti-virus software, which is available free of charge for use by members of the University.
Further information about security updates and about anti-virus software can be found in the University Computing Service's leaflet IS28, which should be included with these instructions.
The University Computing Service (UCS) provides members with a personal space on the DS-Filestore. You can use the DS-Filestore CIFS Service to connect your personal machine to this space directly. This is particularly recommended for backing up your work.
The College uses DS-Print, also provided by the UCS, to enable members to use the College printers.
Please remember that you are NOT allowed to use peer-to-peer filesharing programs such as BitTorrent, KaZaA, eDonkey, Gnutella, Limewire or Direct Connect on the College network. The use of all such programs has been banned by the College Council.