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I am admin for department and I want to batch change the "show remote management status in menu bar" so that I don't have to log in to each machine and set it.

I have ARD so I can run a terminal command across all machines I just can't seem to find out how to set that option through the terminal

Could anyone tell me how to do that ? or if it's even possible ?

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This will certainly be possible. I'll bookmark it to come back, but you'll either need to find the defaults write preference that needs to be written to enable or suppress the menu bar or just have your script install a profile to control the preference systematically rather than graphically. – bmike Apr 1 '13 at 16:19
Have you tried defaults write /Library/Preferences/ LoadRemoteManagementMenuExtra -bool true? – jaume Apr 1 '13 at 19:27
i have not but i could try that – mcgrailm Apr 1 '13 at 19:43

The easiest tool to set these settings programatically is the kickstart script that Apple ships:

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ -help

Do read the help since, it warns This script can be used to grant very permissive incoming access permissions. Do not use the -activate and -configure features unless you know exactly what you're doing.

That being said, you will want to set a variable $ObserveUser for each user that should be shown a menu indication that screen observation is in progress:

sudo kickstart -configure -access -on -privs -ShowObserve -users $ObserveUser

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