Currently Being ModeratedOct 10, 2013 8:07 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
I followed these instructions and was unable to complete step 9. Not sure what you mean by preference pane ...
- From the Apple menu choose System Preferences....
- From the View menu choose Users & Groups.
- Click on the lock and authenticate with an administrator account.
- Click Login Options....
- Click the "Edit..." or "Join..." button at the bottom right
- Click the "Open Directory Utility..." button.
- Click the lock in the Directory Utility window.
- Enter an administrator account name and password, then click OK.
- Choose Disable Root User from the Edit menu.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 10, 2013 8:11 PM (in response to vschafer)
If you were completely successful at step 7 and step 8, that choice should now be showing in step 9.
If you mistyped the password, for example, or used a non-Admin accountname, the lock would still be locked, and "Disable Root user" would not be shown in the Edit Menu.Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
Currently Being ModeratedOct 10, 2013 8:26 PM (in response to vschafer)
Once the lock is unlocked, at step 9, that choice changes back and forth between Enable root user and Disable root user, depending on the current state.
If it is now showing Enable Root user, you have succeeded disabling Root user, and it is offereng you the option of enabling again.Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
Currently Being ModeratedOct 11, 2013 5:05 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
Grant, it doesn't show Enable Root user. It shows Disable Root user but it is greyed out.
Linc, I guess I made the big and terrible mistake of not writting down usern/passw then.
Actually, I think (not sure) that when I got the prompt, I entered the same usern/passw I use as the primary (and only) user of my computer.
Does it mean I will have to re-instal my OS and start from scratch?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 11, 2013 10:56 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
I changed my admin account password and now step 8 authenticates if I use the new Admin password but doesn't let me disable root admin either.
That means I did create a different root admin. I just don't remember what it was :-(
Currently Being ModeratedOct 11, 2013 11:24 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
I'm out of country and I guess it is better to wait until I get back and update Time Machine, just to be on the safe side. But thank you very much for your time. I'll follow your suggestions/instructions, no doubt.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 4, 2014 9:31 PM (in response to vschafer)
Linc Davis, sorry for the delay to return with an update on this thread.
I wasn't able to perform all steps suggested above until now.
I was able to follow your instructions, followed by the steps on article's step 5 on how to disable the root user
Unfortunately it doesn't recognize either username or password
But I would like to say that on the reset password screen, it didn't ask me for a username, so I'm afraid that is where the problem is, not the password.
However, the article you suggested was for Mountain Lion and now I am running 10.9.2
Is this relevant? Maybe this new OSX has a different way of resetting it.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2014 7:23 AM (in response to vschafer)
I have the same issue that my "Disable Root User" and "Change Root Password" are greyed out. Even if I log in to the Directory Utility as root, I do not see the ability to "Disable Root User" (or change password). The lock icon shows the credentials are ok (unlocked icon), but the edit options are greyed out. I don't want to disable root right now anyway, but I was just checking the option and noticed this.
I'll try rebooting my MacPro(osx 10.8.5). Maybe a process is running as root or some file open. Very strange. I was able to enable root access with my ID. But I can't disable it with my ID, or the root id....
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2014 8:12 AM (in response to msz1)
I got it. I had to click on the "Services Tab" inside of the directory utility. I was on the "Directory Editor" tab by default. Once I clicked on the services tab, I could change root info with either user.