Macintosh how to
on how to work most Macintosh programs.
To get a Capstone
website location created, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- group or project name
- discipline (i.e. ME, EE, etc.)
- group members
The web directory
will be created and access given to the group members. You will receive
confirmation that this has been set up along with the path to your Capstone
Once you have
confirmation that your website has been set up and your group's web files have
been created, you are ready to publish your site to the CEFNS web server.
Access to the web server is available via Secure Shell (SSH and SFTP)
only. Several applications exist for most operating systems and are
available to download. On all CEFNS Windows computers, SSH Secure File Transfer
is available. On Solaris, Linux and Mac OSX machines, sftp is available in a
terminal on the command-line.
If you are
familiar with using the command-line, you can perform the same tasks in a
terminal to upload to the CEFNS servers. To do so, open a terminal and change
directory to the location where you have placed your web files:
You can use scp
to copy the contents of this directory up to the web server with a command
something like the following:
~]# scp * sftp.cefns.nau.edu:/www/sites/cefns/Research/D4P/EGR486/<DISCIPLINE>/<YEAR>-Projects/<GROUP-NAME>
projects are completed in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or other software.
The files generated by these programs are not "web" files and will
not open automatically for those that visit your Capstone page. To get a
web browser to display a web page for your site, create an index.html
file. This file is a plain ASCII text file and can be created from
programs such as Microsoft Word by clicking File, Save As and selecting Web
Page (html) as the file type. More information on creating web pages can
be found on the web.
To set up a
network printer on a Mac, open System Preferences and select Print & Fax.
In the Print
& Fax options select the add printer icon. This will open a new window with
options to add a printer. You will want to select the IP icon.
Once in the IP section of the Add Printer Utility, select Address, and
put the printer URL address.
The printer address will be the printer share name. Unfortunately you cannot browse for the printer
name, and will need to know this in advance. If you are unsure of the printer
share name contact the CEFNS IT help desk @ x8084 and we can tell you.
The Protocol option should be HP Jetdirect for HP printers and Line Printer Daemon for all others.
After you have
put in the server information you can give the printer a name. This will be the
name that shows in your print dialogue, so give it something memorable such as
the share name. If you are setting up a connection to a HP printer the driver
should be already installed. If it is a Dell or Konica-Minolta printer you will
need to install the driver. The standard Konica-Minolta drivers are available
Once the driver
is installed you can search for it by selecting Select Print Software from the
Choose a Driver of Printer Model listing. In the dialogue start typing the
model of printer.
To set up account
track and/or duplexing you will need to print something. In the settings you
can go to Finishing and select Duplex or other options. With Konica-Minolta
printers you might need to set your account track user ID and password. This is
To keep these
settings as default for the printer select the Presets menu and choose Save As.
Remote desktop servers
Desktop Server" is a computer that allows multiple users to connect to it
at the same time. It can provide anything from the basic Office Suite to
complex applications that may be available for students or staff to use. There
are several of these servers on campus.
ITS provides a
server with basic applications that is available for staff and faculty. Users
can connect to: termsrv.ucc.nau.edu
Computing provides a similar server for students to use but this server
provides more applications for class work: nau.edu/vlab
Here in the
College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences we have a cluster of
Remote Desktop Servers that provide users with many applications.
and students can connect to windows.cefns.nau.edu
from anywhere in the world and work on many of the applications that are available
To connect to a
Windows computer from Mac OSX you need the Microsoft Remote Desktop Service
Client for Mac OS. This can be downloaded from the Microsoft Mac downloads site.
Once you have
Microsoft Remote Desktop Service Client for Mac OS downloaded and installed you
can follow the same instructions for connecting as you would from a Windows machine.
There are some know issues connecting to remote desktop servers; the fix below works when you get the following error:
"You were disconnected from the Windows-based computer because of problems during the licensing protocol"
Here is the fix:
Go to Macintosh HD > Users > Shared > Microsoft.
Click on “RDC Crucial Server Information” folder and then click file > Get Info
At this point you need to unlock the "padlock".
Under Sharing & Permissions select “everyone” and change it to “Read & Write”
Run your RDC connection again and it will start working fine.
IT remote desktop servers available applications listing
Quartus, Interactive Thermodynamics, National Instruments LabView, On Screen
Takeoff, Westpoint Bridge Designer
Pro, Microsoft Office, NotePad++ and PSPad text editor
and XWindows Server software
A variety of
calculators, JMP, Mathcad, Mathmatica, Matlab and R for Windows. SPSS and SAS
are available on nau.edu/vlab
Dev-C++, Eclispe, NetBeans, Python, Racket, TortoiseSVN and Windows Powershell
remote desktop servers use policy:
- We do not allow disconnected sessions—users are logged off after 1 minute
- We have an idle limit of 1 hour—idle is defined as no mouse or keyboard activity. Users are logged off
after 1 hour idle time.
People often need
to connect to the NAU network from home or when they travel for sending and
receiving email and getting at their files on campus. However most people who
live off campus tend to have their own internet service provider. As a
consequence these users must create what is called a VPN connection back to
NAU. This effectively creates a secure tunnel from their ISP back to NAU and
allows those people to securely send and receive email and get at files.
If you are not
familiar with creating a VPN connection please see the information at the
following ITS site: VPN Help.
drives from off-campus
Once you have a
VPN connected many users would like to map drives that they are familiar with
back on campus.
To connect to
shared drives open the Connect to Server dialogue in Finder. You can do this by
going to Finder > Go Menu > Connect To Server.
You will then be
presented with a Connect to Server window. Most shares are Windows based so you
would preface the server name with: smb:// If you want to connect to your
Bonsai home drive you would use the following:
letter of userid"/"userid"
There is video
conferencing equipment in 2 rooms in the engineering building 69. These are
available to anyone in CEFNS . Bookings can be made by contacting the
engineering building front desk 3-5251/2 or emailing: email@example.com
We use Polycom
room cameras that can be accessed by any H.323 client, including Ekiga (http://ekiga.org/) for Windows and Linux or XMeeting (http://xmeeting.sourceforge.net/pages/xmeeting.php) for Mac.
Rooms 102 and
322J are set up similarly. The silver remote control is for the television. If
the LCD on the remote shows anything other than TV as selected,
press the Mode button to select TV. The power button on
this remote will now turn on the television. If not, it is possible someone
turned off the main switch. This is a push button located underneath the
television towards the left side. Please use the remote to turn the TV on and
off; do not use this main switch.
The TV needs to
be set to the Video1 input. Use the Input button on the
remote to select this input. If there is no video, press the Home button on the black remote to wake the camera.
To call a remote
location, use the black remote to enter the address on the screen and press the
green "Call" button.
To receive a
call, an Incoming Call message will appear on the screen. Use the
arrow buttons on the black remote to select Yes and press the
center button. Multiple calling parties will result in a split-screen effect.
can call the video conferencing systems by connecting to one of the following
- EGR Room 102: conf-69-102.egr.nau.edu
- EGR Room 322J:
In a call, you
can control the camera with the arrow buttons on the black remote. Use the
buttons with magnifying glass symbols on them to zoom in and out. By default,
the remote location will be full-screen and the local location will be
presented in a small window, so you will always be able to tell what the remote
party is seeing.
Depending on the
remote hardware, the Near and Far buttons can be used
to control the remote camera. Pressing Near controls your camera,
pressing Far controls the remote camera.
To end a call,
press the red Hang Up button.
using the conference room, please turn the TV off with the silver remote and
close the door. The video camera will stay on.
Both rooms can
also be used for presentations from a laptop. The TV can act as a second
monitor. For this, change the input to RGB_PC using the Input
button on the silver remote. Room 102 has a VGA cable on the conference table.
Room 322J has the VGA cable on the small table. The VGA cables have audio
connections that can be plugged in to the headphone jack on a laptop. Once
plugged in, most laptops require that the external VGA port be activated (Fn-F8
on Dell laptops; other manufacturers use different methods). The TV can
support up to 1024x768 resolutions; you may need to adjust the resolution on
your laptop to match this.
Both our video
conferencing rooms use a single LCD TV monitor for the conference. If a user
needs to present work from a laptop at the same time, then this must be
provided. Also in this case a separate projector and screen needs to be set up.
Working from home
describes how you can connect to your office computer from off campus.
process is for computers with Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.
up your Windows office computer to accept connections—this must be done first
For this whole
process to work your office computer must always be on and not go into sleep or
1) While you are
in your office log on to your desktop computer.
2) Find the name
of your computer > Either right-click the My Computer icon on
the desktop or My Computer in the Start Menu; choose Properties. In the
dialog that opens click the Computer Name tab. You need to know the full
computer name. It will look something like BIO234-01.bio.nau.edu. Write down
this name as you will need to know it later.
3) Next, open Computer Management again. Either right-click the My
Computer icon on the desktop or My Computer in the Start Menu
but this time choose Manage.
This opens the Computer Management utility:
In the left-hand
pane expand Local Users and Groups and then click on Groups. In the right-hand
pane double click on Administrators.
a) If your user
ID is listed in the dialog your computer is already set up and ready for you to
b) If your user
ID is not in this group please contact our help desk 3-8084 or firstname.lastname@example.org asking for your user ID to be added to
the Remote Desktop Users group on your desktop computer. PROVIDE THE COMPUTER
NAME you recorded in step 2.
We will contact
you when this is done.
a connection from your home or off-campus computer
To connect to
your Windows office computer from Mac OSX you need the Microsoft Terminal Service
Client for Mac OS. This can be downloaded from the Microsoft Mac site: http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.mspx. Click on the Remote Desktop link in the
Once you have
installed this application you connect in much the same way as you would for a Terminal Server.