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KB-2609: What are the prerequisites for Mac computers to work with Deployment Manager?

Authentication Service ,   Mac & PC Management Service ,  

12 April,16 at 11:11 AM

Applies to: Centrify Deployment Manager on all versions of Mac OS X.


Can Centrify Deployment Manager be used to deploy DirectControl on Mac computers?


Deployment Manager is able to recognise and deploy to Mac systems, however the following conditions must already be present on the Mac:
  • A sudo account needs to be present (This is any Local Aministrator account on the Mac)
  • SSH access has to be enabled via System Preferences > Sharing > Remote Login:
    • User-added image
    • If this setting is initially disabled, it must be enabled either directly on the system itself, or use a secondary remote desktop software (such as VNC, Apple RDP, etc.) to reach this setting remotely.
    • After the machine is joined to the domain, the setting can be toggled via group policy.

On Deployment Manager, make sure the credentials have been configured correctly when adding the computer to the list:
  • User name: The username of a Local Admin (sudo account) on the Mac.
    • Notes:
      • Be aware that this is NOT the Display Name of the Local Admin, but the actual "Account name" as seen in the Advanced Options of the user's entry in the Users & Groups System Preferences.
      • The username field in Deployment Manager is case-sensitive - make sure to match the "Account name" on the Mac exactly.
      • User-added image
  • "Specify privilege command..." has been enabled with "sudo" selected
  • The Local Admin password needs to be entered into two different locations:
    • As the "sudo root password" box
    • Also in the "Authenticate using..." box
  • (If the computer has already been added into the Deployment Manager computer list, then this can also be set in the computer properties in the treeview list on the left.)
    • User-added image


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