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Is there any way to make Console prompt for authentication to logs the user isn't authorised to?

If I try to access system.log from my non-admin account I get the message "Unable to read the file" Is there any way to make Console.app prompt for administrator credentials to view logs the user isn'...
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Forget WiFi network without admin credentials

Is there a way to forget a WiFi network on MacOS without knowing the admin credentials?
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Changed my User Name and Now I cannot unlock any authentications

Yes, that's right, I did what I wasn't supposed to do and now I'm paying the price. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I went into my Users & Groups, unlocked it, went into advanced ...
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How to execute admin level command via remote login without typing password?

I would like to allow a remote script to access my Mac (Catalina 10.15.2) at the root level. I know that I can enable keyboard-less access at the user level, by using publickey authentication, via ...
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How important is it for a Mac admin account to be associated with an Apple ID

My wife and I have an iMac. We each use standard user accounts associated with our respective Apple IDs. We also have an administrator account that is not associated with an Apple ID. What problems, ...
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macOS - partial admin account

I am one of team of front end developers working on Macs (Mojave) in a predominantly windows based company. The IT dept has limited knowledge of Macs and they have locked down the Macs quite a bit :-( ...
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Can I create a user that only has Network permissions?

I would like to create an account that only has permission to modify the Network preference pane in the System Preferences (in it's entirety). Is such a feature feasible? Comparable to Windows, where ...
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On OS Catalina Delete the account you are currently logged into

I have a Macbook Air, and I am logged into an administrator account which I want to delete. Is there a way to delete the account I am currently logged into while using that account?
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In OS Catalina make a account Standard

I have an MacBook Air with the OS Catalina installed. I need to change my admin account to a Standard User account.So how would you change a account from Administrator to a Standard account by using ...
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Cannot sudo anymore - macOS Catalina

I have a problem. I have 2 users user (normal user) and admin (admin user). I normally work on user user and when I wanted to update some files (as for example /etc/hosts) I did: $ su admin Password:...
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How to copy to folder: /System/Library/Filters?

I am trying to create a new "reduced file size" export filter within preview. Therefore I copied the original file to desktop, made my changes and then I tried to copy back to the folder. This seems ...
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I cannot activate Setup Assistant Mac OS Catalina 10.15.1

I accidentally deleted my admin account from directory utilities system. Now I'm using my standard account to login, in the system preferences there is no admin account but when I click the lock it ...
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“dscacheutil -q group -a name admin” returns a user that I can't find

I ran a script that was checking for any other admin users on my mac. dscacheutil -q group -a name admin It returned: root administrator Temp10 I can't find the Temp10 user account anywhere. I ...
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The `resetpassword` utility is failing to find users on the selected drive

I booted into recovery mode and launched the terminal to run the resetpassword utility. After selecting the drive to reset passwords for, I'm seeing:- There are no users on this volume to reset the ...
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No longer admin on Mac [duplicate]

So I have a 2011 MacBook Pro that I received from a friend of mine. It had Sierra on the Mac and I was able to upgrade it to High Sierra. The account that I used to do all this was an admin account ...
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How to remotley push installs and updates to multiple machines that i manage?

I administer 10x OSX machines, which run across a mixture of OSX 10.13 and 10.14. Currently i admin these machines, using Apple Remote Desktop (ARD), which works great for adhoc support to users, ...
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How do remove administrative rights if the checkbox is disabled in Users&Groups

By default in the second hand MacbookPro, I have a user called admin. Then I created another user, let me call it myadmin for example. Now, I want to remove the admin rights from the user named admin. ...
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Hidden Admin Account Appearing After Reboot

I am new to Mac OS (using Mojave on a MacBook Air 2017) and am running into an issue. I want to create a hidden local admin account that only I know exists. I followed a guide and enabled users under ...
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unknown apple id after reset [duplicate]

Hi good day i have a iPhone 5 and did delete my i cloud from it and rest it with find my iPhone turn of . On reboot it ask for unknown apple id which very strange what steps can i take to remedy this ...
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How to turn off “terminal would like to administer your computer” message?

I keep getting a warning message that terminal would like to administer my computer whenever I run standard commands, such as editing crontab in Vim. This never used to happen on my old Macbook. How ...
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How can I determine after how many minutes of inactivity, Mac automatically logs off without admin privileges?

I cannot access the Advanced page under System Preferences → Security & Privacy to check or change the automatic logout settings. I don't think I can change this setting, and I tried using sudo in ...
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macOS: Setting up an administrative account from a user account without admin password

I need to get administrative privileges from a standard user account. I am using macOS Sierra 10.12.6. I have six accounts on my MacBook for me and my family. One of them is administrative and the ...
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Renamed /etc folder. I can't login anymore

I did a silly thing by renaming the /etc folder. I was asked for the admin password to change the folder's name. But it's not possible to rename it back to /etc. As if my password was wrong. I assume ...
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Apple Developer Enterprise Program - Change Account Holder

I have access to our company Apple Developer Enterprise Program account as Admin. The guy with the Account Holder role left the company a few weeks ago, but his Apple is still linked to the account as ...
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Unknown Admin Password on New/Used IMac 2011

How do you Change the Administrator User Name and Password if you can not see it on the users list and do not know the previous one?
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After creating folder on desktop - renaming or removing needs admin privileges?

Just now I created a folder on my desktop. It had the name "untitled folder". I wanted to change the name to something else, but got an alert that I needed admin rights. Removing the folder has the ...
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Combine Time Machine backups in Mojave

My Time Machine backup drive became corrupt. It would take several minutes to mount, and then MacOS would warn me to back up the data. When I tried copying Backups.backupdb out I got "Error Code -36"...
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Root User Can't run Files Off Desktop or Documents? Mojave 10.14.3

Anybody else have this issue with root in Mojave (10.14.3)? I have root enabled and I try to run a simple .txt/.png/.pkg off the root desktop. It doesn’t run, I get an error in Console “Unable to load ...
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Hidden Mac administrator

The admin name on my home Mac is hidden, I need to see the admin name so later I can change the password. I'm a regular user.
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Can I restart my Mac without an admin account?

I don't have an admin account on my Mac. I don't know how it happened and now I want to add one because I cant do anything thing without it and I can't add a new user without an admin account.
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Forgot administrator username and password MacBook Pro [duplicate]

I got a MacBook Pro and I forgot my administrator username and password and I can't log in into my account. If I use my guest account I can't log in into my iCloud because it is asking me for my ...
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Reset admin password without the old password

I am trying to reset the admin password through command line. Below command used to work till High Sierra: sudo dscl . -passwd /Users/admin new_password But on Mojave it throws an error saying: ...
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Can a standard user upgrade OSX versions or does it have to be an admin user?

I administer several macOS computers, which are a mixture of macOS 10.11.6 and macOS 10.13.6. 10.13.6 is the current maximum version of macOS we can go to without getting software compatibility ...
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Can a “normal” user see all processes with htop?

Can I see all processes with "htop" or does it make sense to use "sudo htop" ? I use htop in the terminal (installed via brew / homebrew). My useraccount on the macbook is a default user no special ...
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'No such file' when running rm AppleSetupDone from single-user mode

I'm in High Sierra (10.13.6) and recently I renamed my account in Users & Group. Now I lost access to my administrator (so I can't install apps or change settings in System Preferences). I ...
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Running a script with administrator privileges from a standard client terminal

I have the strong feeling I'm trying to reinvent the wheel, but I did spend some time without finding an existing solution. I have an already working shell script with several sudos. Its first target ...
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Prevent admin/Jamf Pro from accessing/deleting 2nd partition

The company I work for wants to install Jamf Pro on my "work" Macbook. I want to create a 2nd partition on my Macintosh HD (with its own Mac OS version) for personal use. If Jamf Pro is installed on ...
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Exclude admin user from global password policy

I have added a global password policy which enforces password rotation for every 90 days. But there are two types of accounts: User Accounts - Enable Password rotation for 90 days Admin Accounts - No ...
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Return User To Admin Users and Undo Parental Controls

For a while, I had only one user, say, User1, on my Mac's High Sierra. Then there arose a need to have some parental controls. To do that I created a new user, say, User2 and made it an admin while ...
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How can I regain an admin account on my iMac?

I have seen this question several times but no clear answer. I changed the password on the admin user account and It saved it as a standard user. I just bought the Mac so I’m a newbie. I have tried ...
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Admin login error

I decided to change my admin name. I went to "System Preferences"-> "Users & Groups" -> unlocked -> changed admin name. After I rebooted my Mac, it seemed that Admin name hasn't changed. In ...
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How can I make application update sleamless by avoiding the administrator password prompts?

I like to keep my applications updated but I find the update prompts intrusive and really annoying as they fail to happen during the night time due to priviledge escalation prompts which are blocking. ...
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Is it possible to use Intel AMT to manage MacBooks?

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/intel-active-management-technology.html I've heard MacBook intel chips are AMT-capable, but AMT isn't ever enabled so you can't ...
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annoyance: latest version of Skype under Standard (non-admin) user on macOS 10.13

I always run my systems under an Admin \ Standard user dichotomy. In other words, I always use my system as a Standard user and never login to the Admin user (except when doing the initial clean ...
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Turn on Proxy Without Password Prompt

I am looking for a way to do the equivalent without prompting for password. I need it to be a native way that does not require the user to change any configuration files (including sudoers). And GUI ...
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How to disable Password Prompt for select apps

How can I disable administrator password requirement for select apps, for example the app "Mac DaddyX" will not require a password to be entered to operate the desired function (in my case... changing ...
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no admin account OSX 10.13.5 [duplicate]

I have a macbook pro 2011 with high sierra 10.13.5 Today i tried renaming my admin account in the system preference / users. I couldn't rename the account, and i have lost the admin rights. Now i ...
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log: Could not open local log store: The log archive format is corrupt and cannot be read

I'm having some problems with my Macbook. The primary problem is that I'm unable to log into my admin account since a recent system update. I tried searching for solutions online, but haven't found ...
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Lost access to admin user account in my mac book pro

I changed Account name property on my mac book pro in System Preferences-> User & Groups-> Advanced Options. I attached a picture of then the window (Not my account window, now i cannot access ...
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I have no administrative account after updating to High Sierra 10.13.5

I have just updated my Mac to High Sierra 10.13.5 and my account which used to be admin has now became standard. It seems I no longer have an administrative account and no solutions worked so far. I ...