I'm trying to manage my mobile account settings after migrating my local account to a network account.

The problem is that the settings button is greyed out.

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How can I change this in order to get my local account syncing with my home server?

note: the lock icon is "locked" in the screenshot, however even unlocked the settings button is still grey


This is something you'll have to change in Workgroup Manager on your home server (assuming you're using Mac OS X Server).

What you'll need to do is:

  1. Open Workgroup Manager from /Applications/Server

  2. Authenticate as a server administrator

  3. Find your user account and go to the Preferences tab

  4. Go to Mobility

  5. Change all the managed preferences from Once or Always to Never:

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Log out and log back in on your client computer and you should be good to go!

  • Is this different than the "mobility" stuff that's found in Profile Manager? – Chase Florell Mar 23 '12 at 14:08
  • According to another stack exchange answer, they're different tools to do the same thing. I've always used Workgroup Manager, however. – Matt Love Mar 23 '12 at 14:12
  • So I took a look, and I discovered that all those settings were already as you described. What I didn't have was the afp://myserver/Users in the OD directory settings. – Chase Florell Mar 23 '12 at 15:45
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I had to go into active directory (Windows 2008 R2) and go to the user's properties. From there, Profile Tab, then the "connect" radio button under "Home folder" has to have any drive letter selected, and a UNC path the the location that the users home folder will reside.

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