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MacDeSC Standard Environment

Formerly Managed Macintosh Environment (MME)

MacDeSC Standard Computer Model Specifications

For Macintosh computer models to be eligible for the MacDeSC Standard environment they must meet the following minimum specifications:

  • Apple Intel Mac Computer
  • Purchased on or after Jan 1, 2014
  • Capable of running Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11)

For criteria to participate in MacDeSC Standard see

Though MacDeSC Standard has many of the same policies as DeSC Standard (i.e. no user administrative access, centralized software distribution, etc.) not all administrative applications (primarily non-web enabled ones) are certified as compatible in this environment.

Purchasing New Computers

To purchase a MacDeSC Standard computer, log into the Princeton PRIME portal, and select the Apple Store. New computers purchased through the Princeton Apple Store should be charged against your department project/grant account.

For more details about purchasing from Dell through Princeton PRIME, review the information provided at the Princeton PRIME site or contact the OIT Helpdesk by calling 8-HELP or sending e-mail to

MacDeSC Standard General Fund Charge

An MacDeSC general fund fee of $50.00 will be charged for every Mac computer placed in the MacDeSC environment. This fund is used to purchase software, OSX maintenance, support software development, and acquire other resources to support the MacDeSC environment.