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John S.A. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello,

I have several Macintosh computers which are on an unmanaged network, however I need to control what applications are installed on these machines without having to dig through Parental Controls on each machine. My question is simple: *how do I go about disabling or removing the Mac App Store from these machines after updating to 10.6.6 properly ?* -- avoiding the update itself isn't a solution as all future updates are likely to have it bundled in as well.

Here's what I've tried so far:

1. Restricting access to App Store.app via CHMOD in the Terminal - messy and would prefer not to have to go this route.

2. Trashing App Store.app entirely - seems to reset the "App Store" link in the Apple menu back to "Mac OS X Downloads..." and does almost what I want except when opening unknown file types, the dialog asks you if you want to search the App Store at which point you hit the button and it does nothing. Seems a bit hacky/messy.

I was hoping there would be some sort of toggle for this via a PLIST or something of the sort instead of resorting to deleting system files etc.

Cheers,
John

Message was edited by: John S.A. - fixed the title.

Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • cph2133 Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
    John S.A. wrote:
    2. Trashing App Store.app entirely - seems to reset the "App Store" link in the Apple menu back to "Mac OS X Downloads..." and does almost what I want except when opening unknown file types, the dialog asks you if you want to search the App Store at which point you hit the button and it does nothing. Seems a bit hacky/messy.


    I'm glad I'm not the only person looking to disable the App Store. A little too iOS and restrictive for my liking.

    The best I came up with is what you described above, but you run into the "Search App Store" when you're opening unknown files.

    If anyone has a better solution, please let me know.
  • sebastianpape Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi,

    I just called Apple Premium Support. They don't have any information on App Store removal or blocking. Before I can install 10.6.6 for my clients I have to figure it out. I also removed the App Store from my Test Mac.

    Best regards,
    Sebastian.
  • floo123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi,
    I block all connections with Little Snitch.

    Best regards...
  • DeimosL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Having upgraded I must disable the App Store completely. I would remove 10.6.6 if I could find a way.

    I cannot believe Apple would implement such a change without some way to kill it off !! It is not the direction OS X should be going in, but if Apple think they can make money then fine but they cannot force it on us. Anyway, kids banned from the computer until it can be got rid off (might impact their school work but such is life - responsible parents control their kids computer activity).

    Ian
  • stellamaris5 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    I agree that this is the wrong way Apple is going but I guess one of the reasons could be that they have given up on the corporate market and are focussing on consumers who , judging by the amount of iPhones they have bought, like the iOS type interface which in Lion will become totally integrated.

    In my opinion they should have a separate option for a Home and an Enterprise/Corporate version of OSX.
  • DeimosL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I thought on moving from Windows to Mac I would manage to avoid all this grief where you get what the manufacturer wants you to have rather than what you want !! Has Bill Gates got involved in Apple because this is a feature very much in line with the Windows "you get what we want" ethic.

    Pity Apple is going the same way as they lose one of the major aspects that distinguish them from Microsoft.

    Ian
  • Whitecity Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
    cph2133 wrote:

    A little too iOS and restrictive for my liking.

    I don't really get the problem - I mean, sure, then just don't use it - you can still install anything you like normally.
  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,595 points)
    Anyway, kids banned from the computer until it can be got rid off (might impact their school work but such is life - responsible parents control their kids computer activity).


    I'm curious to know how you deal with your kids and the iTunes Store?

    Matt
  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,595 points)
    Couldn't you just not use it?

    Matt
  • Whitecity Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
    Yeah, I'm not really sure what the issue is. I mean, sure, if you leave your itunes account logged in, and you kids unsupervised, you could get a nasty surprise, but that's like saying if you let the kids out of the house with your credit card bad things could happen. Just don't let them use an account on the computer that has your iTunes account auto enabled. Am I missing something here?
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (30,185 points)
    If you have a computer lab or some similar environment where this app is inappropriate, just delete it. That's all you have to do. Yes, that means that the Search App Store button won't work when opening an unknown file type, but that's a minor issue that can be explained away easily by just telling people who encounter that issue that the App Store is disabled.

    As to everyone else (not John S.A.) who does not have a good reason to disable it and has some kind of aesthetic or ethical gripe about it... quit the baby-whining! Geez, if you don't like it, you don't have to use it! Delete it or don't, but quit crying about it! You can still purchase and install applications the same way you did before the App Store. Apple is not forcing you to use it, they are not forcing you to enter any personal information.

    I really don't get the whole "you get what the manufacturer wants you to have" nonsense. It is an option. Let's keep some perspective here, folks.
  • DeimosL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Although my own issues relate to children's access, I can also appreciate others disapproval as it is an app distributed as an OS upgrade.

    If it is just an app, distribute it as such and have a separate identified option in "Software Update" and don't bundle it in an OS upgrade (something worthy of Microsoft).

    Ian
  • Russa Level 4 Level 4 (1,315 points)
    I know this doesn't answer your question directly but users must sign in with their Apple ID before they perform any install off the App store. Isn't this control mechanism good enough? How would you prevent installation of a program loaded off MacUpdate or another web site? Wouldn't the same controls apply here?
  • Whitecity Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
    Hear hear.
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