Colo Configuration Guide

Tips for preparing your Mac server for colocation

Static IP Address Configuration

Set Manual IP address

Open Apple Menu, and choose System Preferences:

  • Network
  • Select Ethernet on left sidebar (or create the connection)
  • Under Configure IPv4, select Manually
  • Enter the IP Address assigned to you
  • Enter the Subnet Mask assigned to you
  • Enter the Router / Gateway assigned to you

Use MacStadium DNS

  • Under DNS
  • Click the + sign
  • Atlanta
  • Las Vegas
  • Dublin

Disable local wireless radios

  • Click Wi-Fi
  • Click "Turn Wi-Fi Off"
  • Uncheck "Ask to join new networks"
  • Uncheck "Show Wi-Fi status in menu bar"
  • Click Bluetooth
  • Click "Turn Bluetooth Off"

Other Recommended Settings

Desktop & Screen Saver

  • Set your background color to a solid color, or black
  • Set your screen saver to "never"


  • Check "Disable remote control IR receiver."
  • In Users & Groups, select Login Options. Choose Name and password for the 'Display login window as:' radio button.
  • Also, uncheck Show the Sleep, Restart, and Shut Down Buttons


  • Show All > Bluetooth
  • Click Advanced
  • Uncheck "Open Bluetooth Setup Assistant"
  • Click OK
  • Uncheck the "On" checkbox in the main Bluetooth window

Energy Saver

  • Set Display Sleep to "Never"
  • Set Computer Sleep to "Never"
  • Uncheck "Put the hard disks to sleep when possible"
  • Check "Wake for Ethernet network administrator access"
  • Uncheck "Allow power button to sleep the computer"
  • Check "Restart automatically after a power failure"
  • Click Schedule
  • Set Start up or Wake every day at 4AM (in case you ever accidentally shut your Mac down permanently)


  • Check "Screen Sharing"
  • Check "Allow access for All Users"
  • If you are using a firewall, ensure you open Port 5900 to allow for Screen Sharing access
  • Check "Remote Login" (for SSH)
  • Check "Allow access for All Users"
  • If you are using a firewall, ensure you open Port 22 to allow for SSH access