I'm managing Macs on my domain, and would like to allow users to turn on find my mac without calling service desk.

I'd need a command line tool for that so I can push it out to all of the users once the script is tested. I tried to run

security authorizationdb write system.preferences allow
security authorizationdb write system.preferences.security allow
security authorizationdb write system.preferences.security.remoterepair allow

(and all the system preferences settings)

but not all of them worked. They now can install printers, and set time and date. System Preferences / Security & privacy however didn't open and we DO want that.


  • Are you running an MDM solution or are these all just set up individually?
    – Tetsujin
    May 1 at 17:59

Trying to control “adults” can be like herding cats...

Just give them full access and responsibilty for backups / shared drive.

Then if they have an issue all you have to do is wipe and install latest image.

  • Not a great idea if they work in a bank:\
    – Tetsujin
    May 1 at 17:55
  • @Tetsujin sorry did not see they worked in a bank, banker... But then never seen macs in any bank, but could happen - not dead yet.
    – Solar Mike
    May 1 at 17:57
  • It doesn't say they work in a bank, but the idea is insecure & relies on users not messing up. Re-imaging would require backup, reload without preserving any other OS/user data. It's just not a great idea.
    – Tetsujin
    May 1 at 17:59
  • @Tetsujin sorry, it’s exactly what is supplied to me, full admin access, full responsibility, an IT policy that says if they find inappropriate material I can be terminated instantly and my responsibilty to backup - which I did mention in the answer which you missed, ignored or just did not read. Any issues that take more than 5 min to solve means a re-image and as the data is backed up that works.
    – Solar Mike
    May 1 at 18:11
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    Haha that was a good one. I asked a mac technical question not life guidance or to remodel my work's policy. Thanks anyway laughed good.
    – Nash
    May 2 at 6:08

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