I need to connect a new MacBook Pro to the company network and then log in once to get the account running.

Unfortunately, I live very far away from the company, so it would be great if I could do it remotely.

Also pressing Cmd+R or Cmd+S during boot does not work, I still get to the login screen, so this seems no solution.

My idea:

I still have the old MacBook with a working VPN connection to the company network. Is it possible to share it somehow?

[ ROUTER - Wlan] -- [Wlan -- [ VPN - Tunnel ] -- OldMB -- en0 ] -- [ en0 -- NewMB ]


What would I need to configure in the old MacBook to route all eth0 packets into the tunnel? We use OpenVPN.

And do I need a special cross cable to connect the two Macs?

Will the routing be enough for the new MacBook to request an IP per DHCP?

  • Apple silicon Macs don't use the old startup key commands [though I'm not sure why you feel you need those anyway] To get to the equivalent, you press & hold the power button down at switch on until you see the startup options window. tbh, I think you're going to have to ask your IT department.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 15, 2022 at 15:13
  • their solution was to drive into the office :) if i can create a local account, that would be acceptable. will try your idea later, thx!! Jul 15, 2022 at 15:15
  • This may all depend on how the Mac was originally set up - if there's an MDM on it you may have no choice. If it's just 'out of the box factory default', that's different.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 15, 2022 at 15:36
  • @Tetsujin the long press on power worked, but the macbook has file vault enabled and a restore password and so on .. can't really do anything in the startup options interface. Jul 18, 2022 at 11:16
  • is there maybe a better forum for the vpn sharing topic? it's not really mac specific, more linux-ish? Jul 18, 2022 at 11:18


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