POMS under Mac OS X

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This page only covers use of Mac OS X with POMS. If you have a 68K-based Macintosh running OS 9 or earlier, you are probably out of luck. We don't believe the old Citrix versions available for OS 9 are compatible with the required data encryption and the current POMS server. The directions here have been tested with PowerPC running Mac OS X 10.5 [Leopard], and Intel iMac running Mac OS X 10.6 [Snow Leopard], 10.7 [Lion], and 10.8 [Mountain Lion]. Earlier or later OS X versions might or might not work; let the webmaster know if you find a problem so the results can be shared. The version of Citrix included in the instructions below is 10.00.600.

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Post-August 2011

If you were accessing POMS prior to the August 2011 shutdown month, all you need to do is to replace your POMS-OE.ICA client file (already updated in the "Installations" files for new installations), and change a setting in the Citrix software already installed on your Macintosh.

 

Replace your "POMS-IE.ICA" file with "POMS-OE Mac.ICA":

  • Delete the old file POMS-OE.ICA wherever you had previously put it. Download the new file, here is a link:

    POMS-OE Mac.ICA

    NOTE: You will have to OPTION-CLICK or do another browser-specific function to download this file. Just clicking on the link may bring up the file as a text file in your browser, which doesn't download it so you can use it on your Macintosh. If you prefer, use the POMSonMacOSX disk image and take just the POMS-OE Mac.ica file from the disk image.

Reconfigure Citrix (NOTE: this is based on a previously operating installation pre-August 2011):

  • Find the "Applications" folder for your Mac OS X system. Open the folder. Find the "Citrix ICA Client" folder. Open the folder. Click on "Citrix ICA Client Editor" to start that application.

  • With the "Citrix ICA Client Editor" application open, click on the "Default Settings" button in the lower left hand corner of the window. A new window will open for selecting various settings.

  • For the "Network Protocol" selection, make sure "TCP/IP+HTTP" is set in the drop-down list (previously this said "TCP/IP" only)

  • Now, you should have a SAVE button enable (not grayed out) on the bottom right of the window. Press Save. Quit the "Citrix ICA Client Editor" application.

  • You should now be able to click on the POMS-OE Mac.ica file (wherever you stashed it on your system) and have it establish connection with the POMS server.

After logging in to POMS, Citrix may provide a message saying that the application needs access to your disk. POMS does require read/write access to your disk, so allow this.

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Installations on PowerPC or Intel architecture Macintosh

Here is a Macintosh OS X disk image file that contains the needed Citrix installation disk image and the "POMS-OE Mac.ICA" client file (edited for an 800x600 window, as the default 640x480 is very difficult with the Macintosh Citrix):

POMSonMacOSX disk image (5.59Mb)

Installing Citrix:

  • Save the disk image file to your computer. Double click on the file to open and mount the disk image. Within the disk image, double click on the "MacICA_OSX.dmg" disk image file, and follow the Citrix directions that are displayed when that disk image is opened and mounted on your computer.

  • From the POMSonMACOSX disk image, copy the "POMS-OE Mac.ICA" file to some convenient place on your Macintosh. After Citrix is installed and configured, this file will have a Citrix icon. Double clicking on this file will bring up Citrix, followed by a connection to POMS.

Configuring Citrix:

  • Find the "Applications" folder for your Mac OS X system. Open the folder. Find the "Citrix ICA Client" folder. Open the folder. Click on "Citrix ICA Client Editor" to start that application.

  • With the "Citrix ICA Client Editor" application open, click on the "Default Settings" button in the lower left hand corner of the window. A new window will open for selecting various settings.

  • For the "Network Protocol" selection, make sure "TCP/IP+HTTP" is now set in the drop-down list.

  • For the "Encryption Level" selection, make sure "128 bit" is set in the drop-down list.

  • Now, you should have a SAVE button enable (not grayed out) on the bottom right of the window. Press Save. Quit the "Citrix ICA Client Editor" application.

  • You should now be able to click on the POMS-OE Mac.ica file (wherever you stashed it on your system) and have it establish connection with the POMS server.

The very first time you click on the POMS-OE Mac.ica file may bring up a security message from Mac OS X indicating that an application never before opened is being requested; this is OK.

After logging in to POMS, Citrix may provide a message saying that the application needs access to your disk. POMS does require read/write access to your disk, so allow this.

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Firewall Issue

The Citrix software (and thus POMS operation) might be prevented from operating by some network firewalls. If you have trouble, the POMS development contractor suggests that "TCP Port 1494" be opened on your firewall.

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