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KB-4114: SSH Remote Login fails on OS X 10.9 Mavericks and higher

Mac & PC Management Service ,  

12 April,16 at 11:18 AM

Applies to: Centrify DirectControl on Mac OS X 10.9 and above


On new Mac systems with OS X 10.9 or higher installed, the GP at:
Computer Configuration / Centrify Settings / Mac OS X Settings / Services / "Enable remote login" longer allows SSH logins. The same GP is working fine for OS X 10.8 and below.

What needs to be changed to allow SSH access for 10.9 systems as well?

SSH access for OS X is configured via:
System Preferences > Sharing > Remote Login

In OS X versions 10.8 and below, the default access for this setting was:
  • Allow access for: All users
However in OS X 10.9 the default was changed to:
  • Allow access for: Local Administrators

To set this back to "All users" via group policy, add the following command into the GP at: 
Computer Configuration / Centrify Settings / Common UNIX Settings / "Specify commands to run" 
  • Run Command: sudo dseditgroup -o delete -T group 

(In order for this GP folder to be visible, the centrify_unix_settings.xml template needs to have been added into the GPO) 
For further detail on managing SSH access in OS X, see: 

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