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    Confession - I know very little about Macs, so I need some help please

    Set up: Windows domain, mostly windows devices except the one Mac.
    Integrated with Active Directory, users have Home folders on my Win2K8 server.
    Ethernet cable plugged in but also has wireless connection.

    But I don't know how to connect the Mac to the internet, how to setup the access etc. I have found a place to input an HTTP proxy address, which the Windows domain uses, but all I get is a dunk and no input text. (Obviously not allowed to type into the box)

    Please could someone give me a very simple, step-by-step set of instructions. Please bear in mind that I'm still having trouble with the MAC mouse, that's how new I am.

    Thanks.

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    Is the padlock at the bottom-left of the window closed? If so click on it, type in the local admin user name and password and then see if you can type in the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HodgeHi View Post
    Is the padlock at the bottom-left of the window closed? If so click on it, type in the local admin user name and password and then see if you can type in the box.
    What if I don't have the local admin un + pw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    What if I don't have the local admin un + pw?
    Then your stuck, you will nedd and Admin un+pw to do anything.

    Unless you have the Mac Install dvd, boot from that and using the utilities you can reset the admin or root password.

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    Machine came with only a book, no CD as far as I can recall. Is there nothing I can do?

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    A quick google finds Recovering a lost root password - Mac OS X Hints

    or

    To reset your OS X password without an OS X CD you need to enter terminal and create a new admin account:

    1. Reboot
    2. Hold apple + s down after you hear the chime.
    3. When you get text prompt enter in these terminal commands to create a brand new admin account (hitting return after each line):
    * mount -uw /
    * rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
    * shutdown -h now
    4. After rebooting you should have a brand new admin account. When you login as the new admin you can simply delete the old one and you’re good to go again!

    Found somewhere else on the www

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    Willing to give that a go - when you say hold down Apple + S are you refering to keys on the keyboard because if you are I can't find an Apple key. There isn't a key on my keyboard that has an apple on it.

    (Oh dear I feel so thick)

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    a cmd key is the same

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    Did you get the mac to see how you would get on with ref to locking it down etc or what exactly ?

    If you are planning on getting more and wanting to lock it down then you would be better getting OS X Server on another mac ( mac mini or something else ) takes a fair amount of configuring, tweaking etc to get it all working with aduc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooley View Post
    A quick google finds Recovering a lost root password - Mac OS X Hints

    or

    To reset your OS X password without an OS X CD you need to enter terminal and create a new admin account:

    1. Reboot
    2. Hold apple + s down after you hear the chime.
    3. When you get text prompt enter in these terminal commands to create a brand new admin account (hitting return after each line):
    * mount -uw /
    * rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
    * shutdown -h now
    4. After rebooting you should have a brand new admin account. When you login as the new admin you can simply delete the old one and you’re good to go again!

    Found somewhere else on the www
    If there was any data on the other account may be better to reset the other admin account password etc and then login and check otherwise yeah delete the old account but data recovery may be slightly more difficult if the home directory was encrypted ( possibly ) never tried setting up an account and resetting the pass through single user mode and then trying to recover data so not sure if that has any implications or not.

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    OK managed to set up a new admin account. Went into where I thought I should put the proxy address, put that in, makes no difference Internet still doesn't work.

    mac_shinobi - I got the machine because it was free and I know that MACs are good at graphics and such. The boss wanted/still wants to set up a TV studio and apparently the sofware is good on a MAC. That's all I know, I'm just the technician. I was congratualting myself on managing to get the thing onto our domain. Like I said earlier - I know nothing and, though it might seem strange to you, I don't want to know anything.

    Thanks for the help anyway, guess it must be something else. At least I can get into the machine now

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    Open system preferences, click on Network, highlight the network connection your using, i.e. Wireless or wired, press the advanced button, then go to the Proxy tab, enter the proxy info there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooley View Post
    Open system preferences, click on Network, highlight the network connection your using, i.e. Wireless or wired, press the advanced button, then go to the Proxy tab, enter the proxy info there.
    Yep that's what I did but nothing happens. Maybe it needs to reboot? Anyway leave it now until another day. Thanks for trying to help no doubt I'll be back with other equally thick questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    Yep that's what I did but nothing happens. Maybe it needs to reboot? Anyway leave it now until another day. Thanks for trying to help no doubt I'll be back with other equally thick questions.
    the only daft / stupid question is the one you don't ask all about learning

    Maybe you could put a bullet point list or list of what you want to achieve or do or whatever and between the lot of us can try and help out
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    the only daft / stupid question is the one you don't ask all about learning
    Agreed on that one, thanks.

    Maybe you could put a bullet point list or list of what you want to achieve or do or whatever and between the lot of us can try and help out
    Ah now there's a thing knowing what needs to be achieved. Think I'll have to consult on that as I'm far from sure the user knows the answer. If I knew a bit more about the technicalities of the device/OS I'd know where I was supposed to be researching. Will give it some thought.

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