Questions tagged [user-account]

User accounts facilitate different agents and settings on a computer. User accounts have a login name and a password, along with a home directory on the filesystem.

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Is there an iCloud equivalent to Google's Inactive Account Manager?

Google has an Inactive Account Manager that allows you to specify people who will be given access to your account if you do not log in after a set amount of time. For instance, I have it set up so ...
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Change managed mobile account with server 5.2

So I have an account on my iMac (Sierra 10.12.6) which was managed by a mac mini with mac OS Server (5.2). Actually, it's always considered Admin, Managed, Mobile open the iMac (even if I don't ...
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How to hide user accounts when starting up my Mac?

I would like to hide that Admin user. Command: sudo dscl . create /Users/admin IsHidden 1 only hides the user when logging out. But when I restart my computer and the launch screen pops up I can still ...
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Can't use launchctl as non-root user

I was trying to set up the grooved - a music player daemon. It works over dbus which I installed through Homebrew. In the caveats of the dbus formula it says: To start dbus: brew services start dbus ...
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How can I delete all network users on startup or shutdown?

I want to run this script before any student logs into the computers daily. #!/bin/sh mv /Users/admin /admin wait $pid mv /Users/Shared /Shared wait $pid rm -rf /Users/* wait $pid mv /admin /...
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Users on boot screen don't refresh

I'm running macOS 10.13 on a MacBook. Users & Groups show me one Current User and a deactivated Guest User: but on the boot screen another user shows up, that I had added and removed a few weeks ...
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Tradeoffs between symlinking vs changing path to $HOME

I'm moving my user account $HOME to a different drive. The Apple-blessed procedure is outlined here. An alternative would be just to symlink from the old to the new location. Are there any ...
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Deleting and creating users with terminal in recovery mode?

would anyone know how to delete and create user accounts in recovery mode? Precise steps would be awesome because im not too experienced with UNIX. I already tried the userdel and useradd in urs\sbin ...
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Create Local Network Directory User on OS X server via Terminal

I found this post: How can I create an Open Directory network user with a command? but it didn't have any answers on it. I know there's a way to create a local network directory user, but I cannot ...
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Add Time Machine files to an existing account with Migration Assistant

I have a Time Machine backup from Mac A (now retired), containing 4 accounts worth of data. I would like to add the data from one of these accounts to an existing account on Mac B (replacement for Mac ...
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Renaming/Deleting User Subfolders (Documents, Pictures…)

I want to move my User/{Documents, Downloads, Movies, Music, Pictures} folders to an external SSD. I will do this via copying the folders to the SSD, and creating symlinks on User/ to each of them. ...
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All accounts lost on each reboot

I recently purchased a used 2015 MacBook Pro. The machine is in excellent condition, and they did a factory reset before I took the device. Every time I shut down the machine, all of the users have ...
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How to get output from the console.app from a non-admin account?

I almost exclusively use a non-admin account for everyday use. Only for installing software, etc. I log in with the admin account. This normally works very well, however, there is one issue I haven't ...
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Double login required, but second entry of username and password not accepted

When loading my MacBook Pro mid-2012, it prompts me with the usual login screen with my account picture and name such that I just have to enter a password. I enter my password and all is well. After ...
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Restore Old User Account from files

I have an old MBP (2008) and I've been updating the OS after waiting for so long. I installed Yosemite recently, and am now installing El Capitan. Idiotically, I forgot to make a backup before doing ...
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How to install a second instance of R on macOS and make it launch automatically

I am using an iMac at work that I inherited from a former coworker who already installed R as well as a number of packages before leaving. My problem is that although I can install new packages from ...
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Mac Mail Server 10.9.5 keeps getting password couldn't be set error

I am trying to change an mailbox password but each time attempt to I cannot procceed and I am faced with this error: The password could not be set. In order to set the password of a user with an ...
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How can I prevent Parental Controls from repeatedly popping up?

Problems I have are following with parental controls (on children account): If I limit applications, some applications that run on startup are constantly popping up, it does not matter if I click ok ...
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Detect if logged in user is network active directory user or local user

When a User logs in to os x , I want to detect if user is a local user or a network account user based on which I have to allow my app to run. Couldn't find any solution which tells that current ...
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Can I have an audio stream that plays continuously regardless of what user is logged in?

(I suspect the short answer is "no," but I wanted to make sure.) I have two accounts on my MBA (work and personal). During the work day, the computer is also playing my music. When I need to switch ...
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How can I remove the white background from a profile picture?

I want to set a profile picture that has a transparent background, but when I do it gets a white circle in the background that I do not want. Is there a way to prevent this from happening, or maybe ...
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Why don't new (service) accounts added by `dscl` don't show up in `/etc/paswd` after system reboot?

I've added some new (service) accounts to my macOS system using dscl with names like _www to run installed services. However, while the system recognizes the account names in commands (the accounts ...
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Unwanted activation of Parental Controls on network accounts

I am very confused about this issue and I don't know what to look for. We are using MS Active Directory Accounts on our MacBooks. Since last week the parental controls were activated on all network ...
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MacBook Pro user account missing

I changed my user account name on my MacBook Pro and as soon as I restarted my laptop my account disappeared. I tried everything online but it’s not working. I can access the guest user and another ...
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Stop AD account Accessing Server shares

I have an Mac server running 10.13.6 on the latest build: 17G7024 I have been trying to sort out a few of its problems. But I have come across this this weird bug that I can't seem to fix. If I ...
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Admin can't select user to reset password

This relates to a 2011 Macbook Pro running El Capitan. I'm set up as the admin and my child has a standard account with parental controls enabled. My child forgot their password and I'm trying to ...
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MacOS Mojave: How do I change the default /Users directory for ALL users logging in?

I've seen this question answered in various forms for other iterations of Mac OS X, but Mojave is proving a bit more challenging. In short: I have several dual drive systems, (SSD and HDD) with the ...
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Restricted AD users can still log on?

Active Directory user accounts have a property that allows admins to restrict them to specific machines. I.E. the user can only log onto a select list of Windows machines. Why am I mentioning this ...
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Can't sign into iCloud on my Mac and Mac App Store, but have no trouble signing in using browsers

My @icloud.com is used in various browsers and devices. I tried to install updates on Mac App Store but it prompted I have the wrong password. Then I used my phone to reset the password. After ...
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Creating Standard user to Admin user verses new Admin user

To create a new user is there a difference between creating it first as a standard user then making it a admin user account compared to just creating a new user account as admin? The reason Im asking ...
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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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Is it still possible to migrate iphone app data to a new account by extracting the .ipa file and extracting the content?

For various reasons beyond the scope of this post, I must create a new Apple ID and iTunes account. There are a few apps on my phone that I must preserve the content from (I don't mind re-buying the ...
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Is there any software to track user activity on Mac OS Server?

I'm running a Mac server in my office with the following set up Mac Mini with macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Apple Server 5.4 NAS unit On this system, we have a number of users connecting into it on a ...
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How to stop autogeneration of admin user accounts

I have a computer that I use for work and, after installing a bunch of required proprietary software, I noticed that my MacBook Pro (macOS 10.13.2) is auto-generating a new admin user account called "[...
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Change password fails with “server not available”

I have a Macbook Pro running High Sierra (10.13.1). I'm trying to change my password, but I get the following error: The password for the account was not changed. The server is not available. ...
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Issue with 2 stage authentication on new Apple iPhone and MacBook Air

I am quite the predicament and my Google searches have not been fruitful at all. I have an iPhone 5 that has now decided to not go past the Apple logo and won't turn on. It appears the battery is ...
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Using X11-Forwarding to show UI that runs by different user

I've logged on to my Mac under 'user1', and opened a terminal in which I've switched to another user 'user2' using su command. Now I've opened a .txt file from that terminal by typing open file.txt ...
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Deleted User Account Still Present and I must Login

I got this computer from someone else and instead of reformatting I simply created a new user. I created a new user account, made it admin, and attempted to delete the old one. The old user was ...
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Unable to remove user named “Administrator” on macOS Sierra

I've created an administrator-level account called "Administrator" on my iMac (macOS Sierra). I basically did this to ease copying existing user documents, etc. from a backup using the Migration ...
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Office 365 only works on one single local account

I have a MS Office 365 University subscription. For separation of concerns between my private files I have two local accounts on my mac (latest el capitan). However, when I try to launch an office ...
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Can't log in after AD Username Change

We currently are updating all our Active Directory usernames from the old format (FirstnameLastinitial) to a new format (FirstnameLastname). So far, the Windows side of these changes have been working ...
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Password resets itself after each reboot

Macbook with OS X 10.11.3. No iCloud account, regularly updated via softwareupdate -i -r && brew update && brew cask update. Rather restrictive firewall(ing) via LittleSnitch and pf. ...
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Services From One Boot Drive Have Installed Themselves On Clean Install Of Another OS On Different Boot Drive

I have a Mac Mini Server with two internal SSDs. Until today, I had only ever installed an OS, Mt. Lion, on one of those drives and the other had remained largely empty, except for when I needed to ...
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Merging two accounts on a Macbook Pro with OS X Yosemite

I'm a first time MacBook owner and have recently completed the data transfer from my Windows Laptop to my Mac. As a result of this, I now have two separate profiles and would like to merge them into ...
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User permissions prevent me from loading the Security & Privacy settings — how do I fix this?

I can't seem to load the System Preferences > Security & Privacy settings pane. I inadvertantly changed admin settings on my machine and since then I've been unable to access my documents and ...
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Can't save files to Windows SMB share

I've been experiencing this since I got my new MacBook... At my job, we work I'm a Microsoft environment. Our servers use SMB3. Our IT deptartment also doesn't officially support Macs. We also use ...
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How to launch Google Drive in another user's session?

This is basically a follow up of a very similar broader question. Say I have two users, foo and bar. Only foo is logged in. If I manually log bar in I could set up Google Drive to auto start under ...
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Login window hangs upon user login

When I want to fast user switch from user A to user B, a login window appears where I enter user B's password. When I'm done, a rotating progress indicator spins for a couple seconds, until user B ...
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“Unable to delete the user account” in Users & Groups?

On OS 10.9.2, with permissions unlocked, my admin user gets "Unable to delete the user account [username]" when I click the "minus" delete button. I checked the option to archive the user in the ...
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user both exists and doesn't

so I got a really wierd problem on my mac server I have a user that I thought was a open directory user, but it had the wrong UID. I then tried disconnecting the OD server, and try to login with ...