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Convert a mobile account into a local account

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Abel408 Calculating status...
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Nov 8, 2010 7:17 AM
Hello everyone!

I originally had to convert local accounts to mobile accounts, but the mobile accounts are not working for us. Seems to be unstable at times and just not what we're looking for. Now I want to change these mobile accounts back to local accounts. Oooor if there is a way to disable sync services, that would be fine.

I took the user out of the group that had our mobile account preferences, but the user is still backing up to the server.

xserve 10.5
  • Randolph Kahle Calculating status...
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    Jan 11, 2011 1:45 PM (in response to Abel408)
    Did you find a way to do this? I also need to convert from managed mobile accounts back to standard because it is just too unstable and unpredictable.

    Thank you very much -- Randy
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Miles Muri Calculating status...
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    Jan 23, 2011 11:45 AM (in response to Abel408)
    The way we do it is basically the same in either direction with the basic goal of retaining the user's data and settings:

    1) delete the user from the local machine, but leaving the home folder as is (the home folder will be changed to +user (deleted)+ )

    2) recreate the user account either as a new local account (from system prefs), or a new mobile account (by logging in and creating the account, then logout) as required.

    3) as an admin, delete the default home folder that was created when the account was created. I usually do this from the command line : sudo rm -rf /Users/user

    4) again from the command line, change the name of the home folder : sudo mv /Users/+user (deleted)+ /Users/user

    5) finally change the permissions on the home folder: sudo chown -R /Users/+user user+

    Test, it should be good from there.

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  • GLMyers Calculating status...
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    Apr 2, 2011 5:02 PM (in response to Miles Muri)
    I follow similar procedures except I don't use Terminal. For #3 I just move it to the trash using an administrative account. For #4 I use Get Info to change group permissions on Users and the username folder so I can remove the (Deleted) from the name of the folder, and then I change the permissions back using Get Info. For #5 I use Batchmod to change only the Owner on the users home folder and all subfolders. Although the owner name reads correctly before this step it is not. After this step the former mobile account is a local account.

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    MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • UptimeJeff Level 4 Level 4 (3,390 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 7:08 PM (in response to Miles Muri)
    even easier..

    1) delete user from local machine (do not delete user home folder)
    2) rename user home folder to original short name
    3) create new user with original short name, you will see an option to use the existing home folder, all permissions will be updated automatically
  • odysseus Level 3 Level 3 (910 points)
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    Aug 24, 2012 9:10 PM (in response to UptimeJeff)

    Does this work under Lion as well?

  • Nidan.2006 Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Sep 5, 2012 9:54 AM (in response to odysseus)

    Yes, it does work under Lion. I just converted a mobile account to a local using UptimeJeff's method.

  • Auxbla Calculating status...
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    Apr 4, 2013 4:43 AM (in response to UptimeJeff)

    Thnx! Worked for me!

  • Magister Navis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 5:46 AM (in response to UptimeJeff)

    I tried this, too. Account works, but still syncs. I turned off all syncing (managed: always, sync: (never) ) but it keeps syncing. :-(


    Server is 10.6, Client is 10.8. Any suggestions appreciated!


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