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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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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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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 to add hidden user

How do I add a hidden administrator user to my Mac if possible? I don't want it to show up on the login screen.
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Stopping LaunchAgents and Daemons

I work as admin in a college environment. One of the challenges is to stop the services installed by students with CS major. Some time back they got the admin access and installed launch agents and ...
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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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Why can't I use the GNU Debugger (GDB) programming utility on Mac as a standard user?

I can only use the GNU Debugger (GDB) when authenticated as an administrator. When I launch GDB as a standard user, after giving the GDB command "run", a dialog requests me for a user name and ...
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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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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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Uninstall OS X Server completely in Yosemite

I recently run the OS X Server app on Yosemite. Now each time I shutdown or restart my mac, it asking for administrator password. I don't want to run my MacBook Pro as a server. I ran this app just to ...
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Resources for a Mac-only office

What are some good resources about running a small office (25 or so computers) with Mac computers only (though perhaps with a Windows or Linux/Unix file server)? In other words, what information and ...
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terminal sudo or su asks for password in Mountain Lion OS X

I don't know the root password on my system and I'm trying to start Apache. $ sudo apachectl start WARNING: Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss or the deletion of important ...
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User rights of a super user and the administrator

I'm used to "classic" unixoid user right system with a machine running a normal user, as main account, and a super user (or root account), just for maintenance or configuration purposes. Then I was ...
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How to create new mysql user/db in Mac OS X?

Can any one please let me know how to create new user and new db in MySQL? How to use mysqladmin in Mac OS X?
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Do I need to have system administrator permissions to install from the Mac App Store?

Where does the Mac App Store install its applications to? Is this a system-wide location, or somewhere inside my Home directory? Is it possible to use the App Store on machines where I am not a System ...
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Default installation folder

I am unhappy with the inherent insecurity of having to type in my system.install.root.user password when installing some applications. I realize this is necessary to install to the system wide ...
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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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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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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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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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Little snitch and different network profiles

Is there any way to have different "little snitch" rules set for different networking profiles ? like for HOME one rule list for WORK another etc ...
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Is there a way to hide a user's home folder from other users seeing that it even exists?

I want to hide a user folder from any other users from seeing. The user should still be able to log in through the login window using their username and password. Is this possible?
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AD User as an administrator on the Mac?

I'm looking for a way to add an Active Directory user to a Mac and let them administrate the machine, without making more than just that user an administrator. Right now, I'm using Directory Utility ...
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Install as non-admin user when the installer requires admin permissions

I need to run an app that uses Adobe Air, but the installer for Adobe Air requires admin permissions. On general security principles, I limit what gets installed as admin user, and Adobe has a bad ...
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Identifying which admin changed another admin's privileges

Have a bit of a people issue and one user who has admin has changed another's privileges from admin to standard. This is a university setting, but the student association not the university's network;...
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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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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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How can I require a user to change their password?

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 ...
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Administratively, how can you purchase multiple licenses from the Mac App Store?

I need to purchase 10 licenses for an app found on the Mac App Store (not iTunes). How do I go about purchasing those 10 distinct licenses and then deploy them to their respective machines?
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Using different passwords for usual login and for admin-requiring actions

I use Mac OS X 10.9.3. Background: I log into my profile very frequently (e.g. after closing lid) and often do it in public. Someone definetely should be able to see it, and no matter if I make it 10+...
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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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How do I add a user to Print Administrator group but not full administrator?

He unplugged the printer and plugged it back in. OS X (10.6) asked for the print administrator password. I would like to add the user to that group but not the full administrators group. How do I do ...
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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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Homebrew: change name of group ownership in /usr/local/ so admins and standard users can brew

I have a local admin user and a few "network" mobile users (without admin privileges) who need to be able to brew on a Mac. So, these 'network' users are not members of the group admin and probably ...
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How do I stop .dmgs from automatically mounting?

I'm trying to find the best means of stopping dmg files mounting in OS X 10.6. I was shown a system where 'no mountable filesystem,' would pop up whenever a user tried to mount a dmg but I can't ...
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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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First Admin account not showing on login page

I created a second Admin account on my Macbook Pro (Yosemite) and also enabled Guest login. Now I can only access the second account and the guest login from the login screen, the primary admin ...
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Brand new Mac won't let another user with admin rights run an update for a program that came on the system

When it was originally set up, I set it up with our dept login and ran all updates. The user has admin rights but is unable to sign into the App Store with her account for a program that has an ...
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Can McAfee run on non-admin users without prompting for admin access?

i am facing a issue in one of my macbookPro which is integrated into a windows environment. i have McAfee installed its asking for administrator credential every time another user login in(who does ...
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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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Why are there folders in /Users of already deleted users?

Some time ago I had a user called "xy" on my system. I have deleted the user but in the /Users directory there are folders called "xy" with a Desktop, Library etc. in it. Why are they not deleted ...
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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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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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Adding a MAC to a Windows Domain - well not quite

I am a Windows SYS Admin. We already have some MAC's, but I am not happy with the way that I CAN'T really admin them. So, my question: As we get a new MAC now, what's the correct way to add it? (It'...
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Is it possible to delete or lower the permissions of the current account?

Exactly what the title says. I would love to know if you can fully delete or lower the permissions of an admin account that is currently in use (from aforementioned account). Thank you in advance!
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Mobile Account as Administrators Not Working While Mobile

I had a user that was set up to administer an OS X machine. That user is an AD account, with mobile accounts enabled. The user's AD group is set to allow administration using the directory utility. I ...
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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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System Preferences lock always unlocks itself after restart

The Mac's System Preferences panels have a universal "lock" icon which, when locked, will apply to all panes, therefore preventing the user from changing any settings until they unlock the System ...
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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 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 ...