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I created a new account on a machine and gave it a default password but I want to ensure the user changes the password when they log into it for the first time. It's just a laptop with nothing special running client version of Mac OS X 10.6.8.

I'm sure it's possible, I remember seeing a check box where you could require the user to change their password at some point.

Could someone refresh my memory on this or tell me how to achieve this goal?

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You're going to be more specific, what's your setup? Mac OS Server, ...? There's not a lot people can don't with the information you just gave us. – Loïc Wolff Oct 25 '11 at 15:47

Found on Apple Support Communities.

Go to

  • Workgroup Manager
  • Select the User or Users
  • Advanced Tab
  • Options
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I'm not on a Mac right now, so I can't test or post screenshot. Also, there's a solution with "Server Admin" on the link I posted, but I think this on is only when it's a "network account". – Loïc Wolff Oct 25 '11 at 16:23
this looks like it will only work with server – mcgrailm Oct 25 '11 at 16:34
@mcgrailm, it will work without server as long as you target it to server "localhost". – patrix Oct 25 '11 at 19:25
  1. Download and install Server Admin Tools 10.6 or 10.7.2 from Apple.
  2. Run Workgroup Manager with localhost as a server address and admin credentials.
  3. Choose desired user, then Advanced tab, Options... button, tick Password must: be changed at next login.
  4. Press Save, Disconnect.
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