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fdesetup authrestart no longer requires an immediate restart in macOS Sierra

September 22, 2016 5 comments

Apple made a change to the fdesetup authrestart command in macOS Sierra, where running fdesetup authrestart will no longer require the encrypted Mac in question to restart immediately.

The delayed restart option can be enabled by adding the -delayminutes verb to the fdesetup authrestart command and specifying one of the following:

  • Time in minutes = Delay the restart command for a set number of minutes
  • 0 = immediate restart
  • -1 = wait indefinitely for restart

Using the -1 option means that the user can restart at their convenience and their encrypted Mac will automatically bypass the FileVault 2 pre-boot login at the next reboot.

To show what this behavior looks like, please see the videos below:

fdesetup authrestart -delayminutes 0

fdesetup authrestart -delayminutes 0

Note: The video has been edited to artificially reduce the amount of time the restart process takes to run. Run time of the pre-edited video was 1 minute 30 seconds.

fdesetup authrestart -delayminutes 1

fdesetup authrestart -delayminutes 1

Note: The video has been edited to artificially reduce the amount of time the restart process takes to run. Run time of the pre-edited video was 2 minutes 18 seconds.

fdesetup authrestart -delayminutes -1

fdesetup authrestart -delayminutes -1

Note: The video has been edited to artificially reduce the amount of time the restart process takes to run. Run time of the pre-edited video was 1 minute 43 seconds.

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