We provide fully managed Mac OS X workstations that come preconfigured with several applications. We take care of software updates and make backups of your local data.
You need a D-PHYS account and special rights to be able to log in to our managed Mac OS X workstations. Please get in touch with us if you need access.
You D-PHYS home is automatically mounted on login and for instance available through the Dock icon next to the Downloads folder. This is the best place to store all important files, as you can access them from anywhere.
Additionally each user has a local home on every Mac he logs on. This is to store all the settings and caches, but also the files on your desktop etc. Please note that you will only have access to these files when working on that specific Mac.
Feel free to install the printers you need as described here.
A lot of office and science software packages are preinstalled and ready for use. Some optional apps can be installed through munki. Send us an email if you need anything else.
Unix tools are installed via macports and reside in
/opt/local/bin/. This includes Python and its modules (ipython, matplotlib, numpy, etc), so please use
/opt/local/bin/python instead of
/usr/bin/python if you need those. If you make extensive use of various python modules you should have a look at virtualenv.
Various topics are documented.