MacBooks can be used in addition to a regular PC or in combination with a workplace package (monitor, keyboard, mouse) as an alternative to a desktop computer.


As for all computers provided by the university, administration and configuration of MacBooks is the responsibility of the IT team. However, to simplify software updates etc. you can obtain a personal account with administrator priveleges on your MacBook. In any case, you are obliged to adher to the net policy of the Regional Computing Center (RRZ).


Internet, e-mail, and printing

If you are connected to the internet by WLAN, it is advantageous to make use of the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client to obtain a secure connection with an IP adress within the university network (first check if the client is already installed on your MacBook).


By default, MacBooks are equipped with Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird, which is the recommended e-mail client. For the configuration of Thunderbird see the information on e-mail provided by Hamburg Observatory (<name> or the client configuration for university e-mail (<name>


For printing, you need to be connect by LAN. The web interface CUPS lists all printers available at the observatory. You can add any of them via System Preferences → Printers & Scanners.


Cloud and file sharing

Your personal account comes with 5 GB (students) or 10 GB (empolyees) of disk space hosted by the RRZ, called UHHDisk. It is very easy to access your UHHDisk home directory via the protocol AFP on computers with Mac OS X.


Alternatively, the Novell Filr client provides file sharing and cloud capabilities (UHHShare). Filr allows you to access your UHHDisk home directory, data shared by other users, and software directories of the RRZ from different devices and to keep them synchronized. The same functionality is provided by the UHHShare web interface.


Word and PowerPoint

You can obtain a university license for MS Office. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if Office is not installed on your computer.