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Hide local admins at login window


  • FW Admin
  • Proper text editor (like TextWrangler - OS X or notepad ++ - Windows)


  1. Make an empty fileset with a script that runs at activation.
  2. Use this code as an example of now to hide admins at login, and also show the "other..." option at the login window to still use the local admin account.

    # This script is a Postflight sample
    # benm @ fw
    #hide the just made admin account and enable screen sharing 
    echo "hiding local admins at the login window"
    #enable hidden admins
    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/ Hide500Users -bool YES
    #enable "other..." option at login window
    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/ SHOWOTHERUSERS_MANAGED -bool TRUE
  3. To show admins at the login window again. Send out:

    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/ Hide500Users -bool NO