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KB-4913: Active Directory Groups no longer displayed in Network Groups section of user selection dialogs

Mac & PC Management Service ,  

30 August,18 at 03:36 PM

Applies to: Centrify DirectControl for Mac 5.2 and higher


Active Directory Groups are no longer displayed in the Network Groups section of user selection dialogs in OS X:

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Prepending the NTLM domain name to group name was introduced to improve the time in searching AD groups. This changes caused OS X to be unable to display those AD groups within the the GUI.

  1. Log into the Mac as Local Admin and open the following file for editing: 
    • /etc/centrifydc/centrifydc.conf
  2. Add the following line to the bottom of the file:
    • true
  3. ​Save and close the configuration file.
  4. Open the Terminal and run:
    • sudo /usr/share/centrifydc/bin/dsconfig restart 
    • In versions 10.11 & above the correct command would be sudo /usr/local/share/centrifydc/bin/dsconfig restart 
    • sudo adflush
    • dscacheutil -flushcache 
  5. The groups will now be visible in the dialogs again.

Note: Group policy can also be used to push the configuration change to all computers:
  1. Edit or create a new GPO and navigate to the following GP:
    • Computer Policies > Centrify Settings > DirectControl Settings > "Add centrifydc.conf properties"
  2. Enable the policy and add a property with the following:
    • Property name:
    • Property value: true
  3. Restart the Mac to have the changes be applied at the next login.
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  • This will change how the groups are displayed when running ID on an AD user:
  • Before change: 
    • MacBookProFrank:~ macadmin$ id alb 
    • uid=289408170(alb) gid=20(staff) groups=20(staff), 289407489(domain users), 12(everyone), 62(netaccounts), 289408171(test_group), 289408223(test123), 401(, 80(admin), 98(_lpadmin), 206(
  • After change: 
    • MacBookProFrank:~ macadmin$ id alb 
    • uid=289408170(alb) gid=20(staff) groups=20(staff), 289407489(ALBERT3\Domain Users), 12(everyone), 62(netaccounts), 289408171(ALBERT3\test_group), 289408223(ALBERT3\test123), 401(, 80(admin), 98(_lpadmin), 206(

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