NUnet MacOS X Faculty/Staff Environment

Features, Requirements, and Details

The new NUnet MacOS X environment enables you to log in using your NUnet credentials, use a standardized MacOS X system with pre-installed software and configuration settings, and easily install and use a wide variety of additional University-licensed software applications. The lab version of this environment is already in use in all IS-managed labs.


The NUnet MacOS environment comes pre-installed with the following:

  • MacOS X 10.6.6
  • Acrobat Professional 10
  • Office for Mac 2011
  • Flip for Mac (a popular Quicktime plug-in)
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Access to a host of NUnet Mac Self Service software
  • Faculty/Staff VPN

The NUnet Mac Self Service option (look for a square icon with the colors green, blue, yellow and red) allows you to select and install packaged software applications from a wide range of choices which currently includes the following:

  • Maple 14
  • Mathematica 8
  • Matlab 2010a
  • SPSS 19
  • Xcode 4.2 iPhone Developer Tools
  • Components of the Adobe CS5 suite (including Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Flash Pro)

As new applications and upgrades to existing ones become available, they are made accessible to you in the list of Self Service options.

System Requirements

The recommended standard configuration for Mac desktops and laptops to run the Nunet MacOS X environment is an Intel processor, at least 2 GB of RAM, and 150 GB disk storage.

Migrating to the NUnet MacOS X environment

Note that migration to the NUnet MacOS X environment requires a complete reinstallation of the computer, and will result in the loss of any data that is not explicitly backed up. It is strongly recommended that all user data be backed up prior to the NUnet MacOS X installation and restored once the new environment is installed and configured. For any questions about migrating to the NUnet MacOS X environment, please contact the IS Help Line at (617)373-4357 (xHELP).


Please contact the IS Help Line at (617)373-4357 (xHELP) or for more information. You may also find it useful to review the following pages on the Information Technology Services website: