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KB-3217: How to disable Airdrop via Group Policy on Mac OS X

Mac & PC Management Service ,  

12 April,16 at 11:21 AM

Applies to: Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X 10.7 and above.


Is there a way to disable the AirDrop function in OS X via Group Policy?


  • The scripting hints provided in this KB are provided as a proof-of-concept only. 
  • Centrify Support does not cover custom-scripting - please contact Centrify Professional Services for further assistance with custom scripts.

The AirDrop function can be disabled using the following command:
  • defaults write DisableAirDrop -bool YES
This command can be pushed out via a login script.

To achieve this, please use the following steps:
  1. Create a login script containing the command above. (Or just use the one attached at the end of this KB)
  2. Save the script to the following folder on the AD server:
    • \\[domain]\SYSVOL\[domain]\scripts\

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  3. Set up the Login Script GP at: 
    • User Configuration / Centrify Settings / Mac OS X Settings / Scripts / "Specify multiple login scripts"
    • Enter the filename of the script only:
    • The "Parameters" field can be left blank.
    • Do NOT use the "Specify login script" GP for this script as it needs to be run within the user context.

      User-added image
  4. To allow the GP to take affect immediately, go to the Mac as the AD user, open up Terminal and run the command:
    • adgpupdate

The setting will take effect the next time the user logs out and logs back in.

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