1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 18, 2013 1:12 AM by iToaster
BamaKarl Level 1 (0 points)

I manage a client base of about 80 Macs.  I use Apple Remote Desktop to manage these clients, but some hard-headed users keep disabling Remote Login and Remote Management, preventing me from running software updates and enforcing policies via ARD.


The complication is that all of our users are administrators on their Macs, and I don't know what the implications will be of changing that, or if it will even be possible in our environment.  Is there a way to hide the Sharing Preference Pane, prevent the users from turning off Remote Login and Remote Management or otherwise block users from turning ARD off, short of blocking access to System Preferences, which would also prevent them from being able to change their passwords?


We have a Windows/Active Directory environment, with no Apple server.

Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Apple Remote Desktop
  • iToaster Level 3 (735 points)

    Use osx server to manage the client machines Mac mini server is cheap

    With 80 macs you probably should be managing them anyhow


    Change their accounts to standard user

    Change the admin password


    Changing accounts to standard user will stop them changing settings and installing whatever they like

    Stops users applying updates you have not authorised

    Also puts you at less risk of some attack methods automatically and silently installing on the admin account