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Checking which accounts on a Mac have administrator rights

December 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Something a number of Mac admins need to know about the Macs in their environment is being able to detect which accounts have admin rights on a particular Mac. This can be particularly important not just in secured networks, but also in schools. Savvy users can be inventive about finding ways to grant themselves admin rights, so admins need to be just as savvy about identifying which accounts have admin rights and shouldn’t.

To help with the task of identifying which accounts have admin rights, I found that Ryan Manly had posted a script-based Extension Attribute for use with Casper to detect which accounts had admin rights on a particular Mac. For those who need it, I’ve posted the Extension Attribute to my own GitHub repo as well as modifying it for use as an Absolute Manage Custom Information Item or as a generic standalone script.

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