ITS Documentation

Macintosh Internet Access Kit

S4298 • November 2013

The Macintosh Internet Access Kit (MIAK) for Mac OS X provides everything most people need for connecting to the U-M computing environment, ITS services and the Internet.

You can download at no cost the whole kit or individual components of the MIAK from the Blue Disc website.

This document is updated as necessary. If you already have an Internet connection, we recommend you view the latest version.

LEGAL NOTICE: The software installed by this kit is licensed for current University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff as well as U-M Online subscribers. If you leave U-M and do not subscribe to U-M Online, you must remove the installed software from your computer.

Table of Contents


Hardware and Software Requirements

  • A Macintosh computer running Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) - 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

  • 512 megabytes (MB) RAM minimum; 1 GB recommended

  • At least 20 MB of available hard drive space

  • Network connection

  • High-speed Internet connection: campus Ethernet network (including Residential Halls), a DSL telephone line (including Family Housing DSL [FH-DSL]), or a cable modem
    DON'T HAVE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET? Download the software at a Campus Computing Site and copy it to a portable medium, such as a CD or USB Flash drive.

Obtaining the Software

You can download at no cost the whole kit or individual components of the MIAK from the Blue Disc website. Also visit this website for updates and new offerings.

BEFORE YOU INSTALL!

  • ADMIN PRIVILEGES? To install the MIAK, your Mac OS X User account must have Admin privileges. If you have only one User account on your computer, you have Admin privileges.

Installing the Kit

  1. Navigate to the Mac OS X download page on the Blue Disc website.

  2. Download the Mac Internet Access Kit. Click Open when you see the following dialog box.

    Application download warning

  3. Double-click the Mac Internet Access Kit icon and click Continue.

    HINT: You may wish to print this screen prior to installation.

  4. At the Select a Destination screen, you may need to select a hard drive before clicking Continue.

  5. When you reach the Easy Install window, click the Install (or Upgrade) button.

    NOTE: If you have previously installed a Mac Internet Access Kit, the Install button will be labeled Upgrade.

    Install window

  6. In the Authenticate dialog box, enter your Macintosh User password and click OK.

    Authenticate dialog box

  7. You will receive several dialogs similar to this:

    Clicking continue

    Click OK for every instance throughout the installation.

  8. You'll receive the following dialog box after every installed application:

    Install icons in Dock dialog box

    We recommend you select OK. It's easier to remove Dock icons that you may not want than it is to add them later. If you select Don't Add, you'll receive another prompt later.

  9. You'll receive two informational dialog boxes about installing the U M Custom Bookmarks. Click Continue (the only option) to both. Nothing will be installed.

  10. The third dialog box provides the opportunity to install the U-M Custom Bookmarks.

    Third bookmark dialog box

    WARNING! Choosing to install the U M Custom Bookmarks will replace any bookmarks you may have already created in all of the web browsers you may have on your computer.

    WANT YOUR PERSONAL BOOKMARKS BACK? Please refer to the U-M Custom Bookmarks section.

  11. Click Install.

  12. Congratulations! You've completed installing the Mac Internet Access Kit.

  13. If you downloaded the kit, you can safely remove the Mac_Internet_Access_Kit.dmg and Mac Internet Access Kit icons on your desktop.

What's Installed

Fugu icon

Fugu 1.2 securely transfers files between computers that support SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol). Use Fugu to access your AFS Home Directory, a secure storage space for your files that is automatically backed up nightly. Fugu uses SSL security — the same used by Internet retailers — to protect your files and your UMICH Kerberos password.

Terminal icon

Three SSH shortcuts for the Mac OS X Terminal program allow you to establish secure ssh connections to special U-M servers, provided that you have permission to access them. They may be available in your Dock if you selected that option.

ITS Login Service (login.itd.umich.edu)
CAEN Login Service (login.engin.umich.edu)
Statistics and Computation Service (scs.itd.umich.edu)

Bookmarks icon

U-M Custom Bookmarks adds a folder containing commonly used University of Michigan bookmarks to the Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera web browsers.

NOTE: The U-M Custom Bookmarks component replaces your current bookmarks and creates a backup copy in the folder where bookmarks are stored for each respective web browser. Instructions for restoring your previous bookmarks are included in the Read Me screen of the Mac Internet Access Kit installer. You may wish to print that screen for future reference.

Additional Resources

Visit the Blue Disc website for updates to the Macintosh Internet Access Kit and links to the most current documentation.

Visit ITS's Information System to obtain ITS computer documentation and other resources. A list of relevant documents follows:

The ITS Service Center provides a variety of computing help resources.

For further help with this or any other topic, call 734-764-HELP [4357] or submit an online service request.