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OSX 10.6 admin account missing

After a power shortage a Mac with El Capitan installed, downgraded to 10.6 and the admin account is missing. The main session password is also in an older state, and we cannot connect anymore. We ...
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Administrator account apparently lost after forced reboot of OS X

Yesterday I ran into one of those rare problems with OS X (10.11.4) where I thought I had to reboot my MacBook. The cursor wheel was constantly spinning and I was unable to quit any apps or even ...
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Administrator password lost for late 2013 MacBook Pro with Yosemite

An ex-employee change her administrator password when she was fired and nobody can access the MacBook Pro (late 2013 model). It is running on Yosemite. I have tried using the Command/S key to change ...
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How to find Mac admin password not reset Mac admin password

I am not a administrator and I would like to find the administrator password. I would not like to reset it however. Is there anyway to find and not reset the administrator password?
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How do I find out my Mac OSx admin password without changing it? [duplicate]

Please help me as I do not want to reset the password. I inherited this mac and I do not know the admin password but i aslo dont want to change it
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Add an NT group to “Allow administration by” in Directory Utility via script?

I'm trying to put a script together to add a new NT group to the administrators on our machines. I've looked at dseditgroup and dscl but can't seem to find a way to add domain groups where I want.
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How do I create a script to create/modify local admin accounts?

This question is almost exactly what I need for my project at work. We have approx. 400 Macs on our campus, and the problem is they were not all set up identically. There are at least 4 different ...
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Errors in installing OpenMPI on El Capitan

I'm following this guide to install OpenMPI on my Mac. I think everything is going well, but now I'm at the step where I have to make all. When I try, I get the error Agreeing to the Xcode/iOS license ...
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Weird sudo behavior on MacBook Pro

I have a company MacBook Pro. I am sudoer and I can do anything that requires admin privileges when I'm connected to the company network. But I can't when I'm home. How is that possible?
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How to repair damaged admin account

My friend just played around with the admin account settings of her MacBook Pro and now the account is damaged She cannot access the desktop; after entering the password just the desktop background ...
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Can I remove admin rights from an OS X account without using the command line?

I gave my everyday OS X user account admin rights whilst trying to get a code project working. I now no longer need admin rights. However, when I log in using either my everyday account or my admin ...
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Add admin account remotely

So I need to add an admin account to multiple macs remotely. All of these macs already have an admin account (so we want to add an additional admin account) and they are bound to AD (worth mentioning ...
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Install jdk 8 without admin privileges

Is there a way to install or run jdk 8 without admin privileges? I would like to compile a java project I have that requires jdk 8 on a computer that has only jdk 6 installed. I am not an ...
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My computer has no admin user

In system preferences, under users, standard is written under my name and there is no admin. When i try to change preferences it asks for admin name and password to unlock it but my login password ...
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Allow a single app temporary administrator privileges

I have a standard user who runs a piece of software that allows them to repair storage devices (flash disk/SD cards/on board storage for specific cameras/etc) which needs administrator privileges to ...
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Safe to allow students to access Terminal.app in a shared environment?

Background: We have a lab of Macintosh computers, all running 10.10.3 currently, that are for classroom instruction. Students typically use their own login/password via Active Directory to log in to ...
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Run sudo From Non-Admin Account

Okay, so I'm gearing up to get a new machine so I'm looking at how I can organise things better. Now, currently I use an admin account as my main login account, but I know that that's probably not ...
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How can I prevent a user to use admin rights to work around restrictions?

We just bought my husband a new Mac. Currently, we each have parental restrictions requiring a password on our accounts when it comes to "mature" ratings on our iPhones and iPads (older generations) ...
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I don't have administrator account on my mac

On my mac I have 2 accounts and the both are normal account. So in this moment I don't have a Administrator account, only one that was in the past a administrator, but now is not. How I can have ...
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Is there any way to find out my admin name?

I'm a teenager who is into gaming. I've had a PS4 since last Christmas and pretty much haven't stopped playing it ever since. However, I've recently started to play on my Mac (and by recently I mean ...
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Trouble signing in as admin account after change of Apple ID email address

I had to move to another mail provider therefore I changed my Apple ID. Unfortunately a while ago I've linked my admin account on my MacBook Air with my Apple ID. Now my account is still stuck with ...
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What must I enter into Terminal, using sudo to make myself an administrator?

My user account is a standard account on my Mac. What must I enter into Terminal using sudo, to make myself the administrator?
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How can I reset the admin password without a working screen?

I know that there are many threads about resetting/retrieving an admin password, but bear with me please and I'll explain why they don't work for me. I recently moved in to a property only to find ...
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Is it good practice to use OS X with a Standard user, and have a separate Admin account?

I am currently using OS X with a Standard user that has no admin privileges in the OS GUI. Note: My Standard user does however have sudo permissions in /etc/private/sudoers. This enables password ...
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None of my admin accounts are sudo users

I have three admin accounts on one machine running El Capitan. The machine is a few days old. Whenever I try to run a sudo command, I'm asked for my password and told accountUsername is not in the ...
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Possible to uninstall OS X apps without admin password?

I have a school issued MacBook Air with several apps installed. While they were downloaded from the App Store using my personal Apple ID, I need the administer password (which I don't have) in order ...
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I need administrator password for file management on external hard drive

So I have an external hard drive, my passport, that used to be a Time Machine, but now I use for basic file storage. Whenever I try to add a folder, or manage files, it asks for an administrator ...
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Disabling Java plug-in globally?

After following the instructions in this answer (briefly: Java prefs pane → Security → disable "Enable Java content in the browser") to disable the Java plug-in globally, I'm presented with an admin ...
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Mac OS X administrator account still requires sudo

when trying to install Ruby, Vagrant, and Grunt using terminal I am still required to use sudo on my installs. I am sole proprietor of the laptop and have an administrator account. Shouldn't I be able ...
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iOS administration: Fleet Management / remote setup / remote control **without jailbreak**

I have a fleet of more than 10 iOS devices (iPhones 3GS, 4, 4S, iPad2...) to manage, setup, etc. Often, users are very lost with configuration and usage (device configuration, e-mail, calendar sync, ...
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MacOS X - iptables?

Where is iptables in MacOS X? I'm running Yosemite 10.10.5 (14F27) and it seems to be missing. If it's not actually native to OS X, what's the best way to install it for this operating system? If for ...
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I have a MacBook Air and I lost (forgot) my Admin (root) password [duplicate]

I have lost or forgotten the root password. is there a way to recover it or reset it?
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g5 ppc osx 10.5.8 i can't change administrator password

I have a problem with my G5 PPC with OS X 10.5.8. I bought this Mac from an English friend of mine. He forgot an administrator password. I don't have the system CD or Internet connection. I tried to ...
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Allow standard users with a Mobile OD accounts access to specific admin only preferences?

The users are asking for the following privileges: 1 - add and remove printers (could be any printer, not just corporate printers that we control) 2 - adjust the date and time settings We would ...
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New MacBook had user accounts already; I deleted admin and can't get back in

So when I get this new machine...there is already a user on it called "mac"...for my convenience they said. There is also another user already there named "admin" well..i'm new to apple but when it's ...
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Prevent admin from creating user accounts

I'm looking for a way to keep an account that has admin permissions on OS X from creating new user accounts. Is there a way to accomplish this?
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How to install gpg without Admin password

I have a monitored OS X laptop that I would like to put GNU Privacy Guard (gpg) on. Of course I can't because I don't have Admin rights, but I was hoping there is a way to install it in user space ...
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Enable remote management remotely on a mac

I am trying to use remote desktop to send a script to all Macs on my network that creates an additional admin account and hides it. I am trying to do this using Apple Remote Desktop. However most of ...
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Lazily mount network file systems

We are using Macs in an educational environment and because of serving more students, than we have workstations available, we bought a couple of MBPs to compensate it. This implies a bunch of issues ...
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Prevent administrator from resetting password of another administrator

I'm running Mac OS X Yosemite. There are multiple administrator accounts in my Mac. I don't want an administrator to snoop into another administrator's account. Is there any way I can prevent an ...
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Mac OS X Systems Administration Resources? [closed]

I am looking for a good book or similar resources on Mac OS X systems administration. I have a strong Linux background and I'd like to be able to understand the concepts of OS X. Any recommendations? ...
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How can I get admin access to a Mac without knowing the current password?

My Father died last year and I inherited his Mac Mini. My wife has retired and we are trying to set up the mini for her use but the changes we want to make require admin access and we do not have the ...
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Creating User to Run Postgres

I'm setting up a postgres server and want to create a separate postgres user to run the process, as recommended in the manual. How do I do this? I installed postgres via Homebrew and have experience ...
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Allow Standard users to add a VPN account

Is there a way to allow standard users to add a VPN connection? All computers are running 10.10.3
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After booting, cannot login to Standard user unless I login as Administrator first

After a fresh boot, I cannot login to my Standard User. It will not accept my password even though I am sure it is correct. I must first login as my Administrator User (do nothing), then log out and ...
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How can I upgrade Mac OS without the administrator password?

I recently received an old iMac secondhand. I have no way to reach the original owner. I am trying to upgrade the OS software, but the prompts demand the administrator's name (which is auto-filled) ...
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Cannot login directly into user account - first have to login as administrator

I updated my Macbook to 10.9 Yosemite, and at the same time I encrypted the user data partition. The system partition was already encrypted. I use an administrator account with admin rights, and a ...
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Changed user password by providing new password as hash not syncing to filevault 2

I have been using defaults write "path/to/username.plist" shadowhashdata '(really long hash info)' to administer a local support account on our Mac's but I have found, and it may be since updating ...
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Root password same as admin?

I have a mac with single user on it (who is Admin). I see tutorials which ask for the root password, is this the same as my user password or something else?
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How to not be asked for a password when modifying system files?

I constantly tinker with my system files and other whatnot, and it's a pain to literally type in a password every single time I edit a system file. I am the only user on my computer. Any way to do ...