We are purchasing computers in the next week on our Enterprise network and will have a mix of Macs and PCs. We are currently running our AD server on Windows Server 2008R2. We use folder redirection and mounting for all of our users, and would want the folder to automount on login for Apple. We have a LAN and also a radius authenticated wireless network on PEAP.

I have successfully joined the AD with my MB Pro, but cannot login to AD due to the wireless not working before login.

Has anyone ran across this issue before or know of a fix?


Couple of different ways to fix this. First, and probably the best as it doesn't involve any hacks is:

  1. In the network preference pane of system preferences click on Wi-Fi on the left
  2. Click "Advanced"
  3. Click on 802.1x.
  4. Click the plus sign
  5. Click Add Login Window Profile.

Apple has some nice looking pictures and instructions of the above here.

If that doesn't work for you, there is a UNIX hack you can use.

In /Library/LaunchDaemons, create a file called "com.example.airport.plist" containing the following code:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/
<plist version="1.0">

This tells it to run the script /Users/YOURUSERNAMEHERE/bin/join-wifi.sh at start-up. Obviously, replace YOURUSERNAMEHERE with your OS X username so that this corresponds to a folder off your home directory.

Then, in your home directory, make sure that you have a "bin" folder for storing scripts. Create a file therein called join-wifi.sh that contains this:

networksetup -setairportpower en1 on
networksetup -setairportnetwork en1 your-network-name-goes-here 'your-WPA-key-goes-here'

In this last file, replace the your-network-name-goes-here with the name of the wireless network, and replace your-WPA-key-goes-here with your wireless network's password.

It's not a great solution, and certainly not a secure way to store your wifi access data, but it should work to get you connected at login next time you reboot.

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  • With 10.8 I had to create a profile with IPC (we don't have a lion server), was able to create a system profile but still doesn't activate wireless before login. I get the error that network accounts are unavailable. It's also a WPA2 Enterprise network, would the second hack work for that? – Matt Pieper Dec 13 '12 at 16:59
  • It should work fine... Basically all the first script is saying is "hey run this other script at startup" and the second script is saying "turn on the airport and connect to this network using this password" – JamiePatt Dec 14 '12 at 20:19
  • The only issue with this setup is that when you logout as user and login window is displayed, the script doesn't effect to connect on wifi. I would appreciate if you know how to do the little hack in order the script will run during start up screen. – James Wise Sep 12 '13 at 6:13
  • Sorry, can you explain in more detail what you're trying to do... Is the problem that you are wanting the script to run when you log out and log in as a different user? – JamiePatt Sep 13 '13 at 5:42

note: this will get the laptop online before login, so all users are online using the same credentials--there could be a way to enable wifi so that users can get online themselves before logging in (Apple bring that back!!)

since newer MacOS dropped the plus in 802.11x pill (and we want it as a computer profile, not user profile), I used "Apple Configurator 2" app, File menu > New Profile, then configured my Certificates (I first went into my Keychain Access app, searched for "pitt.edu", my school domain, then click and dragged that cert out to my desktop to make a copy easy to find), opened aformentioned .cer, then configured Wi-Fi, noting that I had to click the Trust pill and check the box for the aformentioned cert, closed and saved (note: you may not need a cert, so you might skip that stuff)

then I right-click and open with TextEdit that new xml file, and inside the first <dict></dict> section, added (like right after where ssid mentioned):


then in terminal, run (be sure to be root or sudo, otherwise, it will just be a user profile add):

   sudo profiles install -type startup -path thefileyoujustcreated.mobileconfig -forced
   sudo shutdown -r now
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