There are several caveats for printing to a departmental printer from your Macintosh.

  1. The CSE printing system requires your CSE username for printing. Your Macintosh account's username can be different from your CSE username.
  2. The SMB method requires your CSENETID Windows credentials with CSE username and password (Not your Kerberos credentials). In addition, the printing may stop working if your credentials are changed or you can't login.
  3. Printing on the "University of Washington" wireless network requires Kerberos or SMB method.
  4. You may not be able to turn on/off banner page, and control duplex printing from your Macintosh; however, you can control them at

[+] Install printers with Kerberos authentication

[+] Install printers via IPP

[+] Install printers via SMB

[+] Using the Poster Printer

Remote Access

Connection to a Linux Host

Use the Macintosh "Terminal" application, and use the "ssh" command with your Kerberos credentials:

ssh -Y
The "-Y" ensures X11-forwarding; with the proper X11 software installed on your Macintosh - see this resource - you can redirect the GUI from a Linux program to your Macintosh.

Connection to a Windows Host

The "Husky OnNet" VPN service is now required for connection to on-campus resources, when connecting from off-campus locations. Detailed information about this service can be found on the UW IT Connect pages, or you may choose to proceed directly to the Husky OnNet download page. (Accessing this link requires UWNetID authentication.)

To install the software, download and unpack the "ZIP" file, and run the "mac_edgesvn.pkg" installer.

To use the software, start the "BIG-IP Edge Client" program, found in your Applications folder, and authenticate with your UWNetID credentials. Once connected, you can use Microsoft Remote Desktop (see below) to connect to on-campus resources, with no additional gateway configuration necessary.

Use the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection application, available for free from the App Store. Please note, the version of RDC that comes with Office 2011 is obsolete; the version available from the App Store includes modern encryption protocols necessary for connecting to our Windows resources. Use your CSEPCLAB or CSERESEARCH credentials, as appropriate.

Network File Access

There are several ways of accessing networked file shares on your Macintosh. These methods assume that your Macintosh is connected to the department's network; i.e., you're not working from home or some remote location.

Mounting a Remote Directory with "Samba"

Your departmental home directory, or project directory, can be mounted temporarily or permanently on your Macintosh via Samba, by following these directions.

Mounting a Remote Directory with "sshfs"

  • Install the OSXFUSE and SSHFS packages from
  • Open the "Terminal" application.
  • Create the mountpoint: mkdir MOUNTPOINT. ("csehome" is a good example.)
  • Mount the remote directory by typing the following command all on one line:
    sshfs -p 22 username@host:/path/to/remote/directory MOUNTPOINT -oauto_cache,reconnect,defer_permissions,negative_vncache,volname=MOUNTPOINT
  • You'll be asked for your password - this would be your Kerberos password.
  • MOUNTPOINT is now the mount point for that remote directory.


If you've been issued a Macintosh laptop, by the department or your research group, we strongly recommend that you take the steps necessary to enable the "Find My Mac" service. There's an Apple Support document which goes into great detail on this topic, but the "quick start" overview is:

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. If you're asked to sign in, enter your Apple ID, or if you don't have one, click Create new Apple ID, then follow the instructions.
  3. If "Find My Mac" is turned off, select it to turn it on.

If / when you need to find your Mac, you can sign into iCloud from another Mac, or use the iPhone app (available from the App Store).

It bears repeating: a good backup is always a good thing.


  • Sophos anti-virus software is available through the UWare program.
  • VMWare Fusion is available through the department at this link.
  • The Dreamspark program offers free or discounted versions of Microsoft software for the Macintosh, including Windows 7, Office 2008, and Office 2011.
  • The Microsoft Remote Desktop application for the Macintosh is available, for free, from the iTunes App Store.
  • The University makes a number of Macintosh software packages available for free or at a reduced cost, through their UWare program.
  • Apple hardware and software is available to students, faculty and staff through the University Bookstore, as well as directly from Apple, for personal and departmental purchases.
  • We have operating system (Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion) and application-suite (iLife, iWork) software available for installation on your University-owned Macintosh computer (sorry, we can't install on personally-owned computers). Send e-mail to "support@cs" for more information.

Community Support

Many of the Macintosh-using students, staff, and faculty in the department are members of the macusers@cs mailing list.

There's also a user-supported wiki though much of the content there is out of date.