Frequently Asked Questions - Macintosh



Printing from Mac via SMB 10.8+

Note: Printing only works when you are on a Nebraska network.

  1. Open System Preferences. Either click on the Apple Menu on the main menu bar at the top of the screen and then select System Preferences, or bring up spotlight by holding down ⌘-space and then typing System Preferences
  2. Then click Printers & Scanners (or Printers & Fax). Note: Your System Preferences may look different.
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    Click on the "+" button on the lower left to start the process of adding a new printer
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    In the "Add" dialog, right click the bar at the top. and click, Customize Toolbar.
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    If you are running 10.8, 10.9 or 10.10, setup an advanced printer as show. The printer Type is "Windows printer via spoolss". In the URL, use the short name and type in smb://csnt/PRINTER. Replace PRINTER with one of the printer names shown below. For example, if you wanted to print to the pinter in Avery 15, you'd use Avery-ps15. To see a list of printers you have access to, go to: http://cse.unl.edu/check. Finally, for Name, give it something memorable. It's only an identifier. Finally for the Print Using option, select generic postscript.
  6. Click add. Your printer should now be added. Print a test page to make sure everything works.
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    When you print to this printer for the first time, you will be prompted for your login and password. Prefix your cse loginID with the windows domain "cs.unl.edu" as shown below. Check the "Remember this password in my keychain" checkbox as shown.

When you change your CSE password

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When you change your Windows password, you will need to launch the keychain utility and delete the stored old password for this printer. The keychain record, will be found in the "Login" keychain, in the "Passwords" category and will be named the same as the printer name, simply select this record and delete this entry. The next time you print you will be prompted for the new password which must be entered as described above.

List of Samba Printers, Printer Model and Drivers to Use


Printer Name Printer Model Driver Link
Avery-ps13a HP LaserJet 4100n Generic Postscript
Avery-ps13c HP Color LaserJet 5550dn Generic Postscript
Avery-ps15 Canon iR ADV 4245 Canon iR ADV 4245 Drivers or Generic Postscript
Avery-ps104 HP LaserJet P4015X Generic Postscript
Avery-ps104c HP Color LaserJet 4650 Generic Postscript
Avery-ps122 HP LaserJet 4200n Generic Postscript
Avery-ps123 HP LaserJet 4050 Generic Postscript
Avery-ps256 Canon iR3225 Canon iR3225 Drivers for 10.6 Generic Postscript for 10.7 & 10.8
Avery-ps256c Xerox ColorQube 8570DN Xerox ColorQube 8570DN Drivers
Avery-ps258 Canon iR3225 Canon iR3225 Drivers for 10.6 Generic Postscript for 10.7 & 10.8
Avery-ps354 Canon iR ADV 4045 Canon iR ADV 4245 Drivers or Generic Postscript
Avery-ps354c HP Color LaserJet 5500dn Generic Postscript
Schorr-ps117b Canon iR3245i Canon iR3225 Drivers for 10.6 Generic Postscript for 10.7 & 10.8
Schorr-ps209 Canon iR3225 Canon iR3225 Drivers for 10.6 Generic Postscript for 10.7 & 10.8
Schorr-ps209c Xerox ColorQube 8570DN Xerox ColorQube 8570DN Drivers

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Connecting to cse.unl.edu and other unix servers with ssh

  1. Launch a terminal window. Type ⌘-K to launch spotlight. Type "Terminal" and you should see a "Terminal" application. click to launch.
  2. Type in ssh hostname where hostname would be cse.unl.edu or another server running an ssh server.

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Setting up Mac Mail on OSX 10.8+

  1. Launch Apple Mail (which will be known as Mail).
  2. Select "Mail" from the menu bar, then select preferences. Or use the keyboard command. "cmd+,"
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    This brings up the preferences dialog, Select the "Accounts" tab on the top of the window. When presented with the accounts window click the plus button in the lower left corner to add a new account.
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    Select "Add Other mail account" and click on "Continue"
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    Fill in the required information. Please use your full name, CSE email address, CSE password and click on "Create".
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    Make sure "Account Type" of IMAP is selected and the mail server is "cse-mail.unl.edu". Enter your CSE login for the User Name and click on "Next" Note that the login does not have the "@cse.unl.edu" specified.
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    On the next screen enter "Mail" as the path prefix and make sure "use SSL" is selected then click "Next". Note The "Path Prefix" is a subfolder on your home directory where mail fodlers are kept. If not specified, your mail folders will be kept on your home directory.
  8. step 7
    For the outgoing mail server, again enter cse-mail.unl.edu and your CSE login and password and click "Create"
  9. A new mail account, will be shown on the preferences tab. Close the preferences tab to complete setup on your mail.
  10. If use have issues, contact support@cse.unl.edu for further assistance.

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Connecting to your home directory from a Mac from off campus

The simpler method to access your home directory(Z: drive) from off-campus is to use an SFTP client like Cyberduck. This will allow you to easily transfer files between your cse.unl.edu account to your local computer. While a free version of Cyberduck is available online, users are cautioned to be mindful to download Cyberduck from a reputable source - as the source code is readily available online and can thus be easily modified and made venerable. A version is also available thru the  Mac App Store as a paid app. We recommend the paid app store version as it ensures the source as reputable.

To actually mount your files from an off-campus account you will need to configure a VPN client and then follow the instructions on mounting your drive from on campus. Both of these topics are discussed in other sections of this FAQ.

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Connecting to your home directory from a Mac on campus

  1. Click on the Finder icon on the desktop
  2. On the Main menu bar, Click on the "Go" pull down menu and select "Connect to Server". The keyboard short cut is ⌘-K
  3. In the Server Address field enter: "smb://cse-smb1.unl.edu/login_id" without the quotes and where login_id would be your CSE login ID. Click on "Connect"
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    In the popup authorization dialog, make sure the Registered User checkbox is selected and enter your CSE credentials. Your cse login must be in the form: "CS.UNL.EDU\login_id" without the quotes and where login_id is your CSE login ID. Click connect.

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Duplex Printing and Stapling on Canon IR Printers

Instructions to duplex and staple on Canon IR printers
  • Go into system preferences, click on Printers and Scanners and then select the desired printer on the popup dialog
  • Confirm that a Canon IR driver is  installed for the printer (See 1 on image below)
    screenshot 1
  • If the Canon IR driver is installed, click on the Options and supplies (see 2 on image above)
  • Then click on the options tab(see 3 on imag eblow) on the pop up dialog
    screenshot 2
  • Make sure the “Finisher S1” is selected under output options (see 4 on image above)
  • Then when you go to print, you’ll need to select “Finishing” from the advanced options pull down( see 5 on image below)
    screenshot 3
  • Finally select 2-sided printing (see 6 on image above) and check the Staple checkbox below that to staple the job.

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Duplex Printing on Generic Postscript Printers

If you have a generic postscript driver installed follow the below steps enable 2-sided (duplex) printing.
  • Lauch system preferences, click on Printers and Scanners and then select the desired printer
  • Make sure the generic postscript driver is installed for the printer in question (see 1 on image below>
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  • Click on options & supplies (step 2 on image above)
  • Then click on the options tab (step 3 on image below) and make sure the duplexer box is checked (step 4 on image below)
    screen shot 2
  • when you go to print, check the Two-sided printing checkbox(step 5 on image below)
    screen shot 3

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Configuring A Macintosh VPN client

Some web sites and servers are secured by a firewall that only allows connections from on campus.  To access these restricted resources from off-campus, you will need a VPN connection. 

Due to the limited departmental VPN pool size, the CSE VPN service described below is only available to faculty & staff in the Computer Science and Engineering Department. Others who need VPN access should utilize the VPN service operated by Information Technology Services, which is available to students, faculty, and staff from any unit. More information about their service is available at http://its.unl.edu/vpn.

To connect to the VPN service operated by the Computer Science and Engineering Department, send an email message to support@cse.unl.edu and request that your account be allowed access to connect to the VPN server. Be sure to include your CSE LoginID (username). Once you have been granted access, complete the following steps:

1. Open System Preferences. Macintosh HD > Applications > System Preferences Or, Apple Menu > System Preferences
Note: Your System Preferences may look different. 

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2. Select Network.  In the Network panel, click the '+' in the lower left side. 

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3. From the drop down menu, select VPN for Interface, and L2TP over IPSEC from VPN Type. For service name, type CSE VPN.  If you prefer another service name of you choice may be given.

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4. You'll now be presented with the VPN connection settings screen (seen below). If you do not see this, select your VPN from the list on the left side. On this screen, enter cse-srv2.unl.edu for Server Address. Account name, should be your CSE username. Then click the Authentication Settings... button. Note, You may wish to check the "Show VPN status in menu bar" box for easier access to enable and disable your VPN connection in the future. 

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5. In the Authentication popup, in the User Authentication section, make sure the Password radio button is selected, and type your CSE password in the box. In the Machine Authentication Section select "Shared Secred" and enter the Shared Secred key. NOTE: The share secred can be downloaded from the faculty resources pages on cse.unl.edu   Click Ok.  when done.

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6. Back on the network screen, click Connect to test to see if it works. If you checked the "Show VPN status in menu bar" box, you can go to the menu bar icon and select connect. Otherwise, you'll have to open this pane, and click the Connect button when you need access to the VPN.

These instructions have been tested on OS X 10.12.

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