New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Operating System General OS operation information and support

OS 10.5 - Disable Mac System Preferences


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
MacTech1

 
Member Since: Mar 06, 2009
Posts: 2
MacTech1 is on a distinguished road

MacTech1 is offline
Hi everyone, I work as a technician in a UK school and we have run into an issue with disabling applications such as System Preferences and Terminal on a standard local account.

Basically we do not want students to have access to these types of programs and I would like to know if it's possible to disable them completely, without the use of parental controls (as we have encountered problems when running certain applications if this is enabled.)

I have found that changing the permissions of these applications will disable the user from clicking on that specific icon, but I've found that it is still possible to run the program if the same icon from another machine copied over (eg. via USB).

If anyone could help (even if it's just to stop terminal and system preferences) I would be very grateful.

thanks
QUOTE Thanks
Mr Macintosh

 
Mr Macintosh's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 03, 2009
Posts: 211
Mr Macintosh can only hope to improve
Mac Specs: New iMac 20" Leopard vs. 10.5.7

Mr Macintosh is offline
I think Parental Controls is the best idea to be honest. BUT, there is a way to do this without the use of parental controls. Basically, make a shared folder called 'Applications2.' Then copy all the applications that you want them to have access to and paste them into that shared folder. (Make sure you lock the folder so they cannot edit it.) Then, you can block them all from being able to view the real 'Applications' folder. I did this, it worked for me!

But it will only work on a standard account, you cant limit the access to file viewing on an admin account.


[Also, there is a software that lets you completely block people with standard accounts from opening certain files from USB sticks, such as applications etc. However, i am afraid i have forgotten the name of the application at this moment in time. I'll phone my colleague, who works with this app, and I'll post another reply if i manage to find out]

Oh, and seeing that you sound like the kind of person in the business, can i also ask
you a quick question?-- Do you know of any good software that enables you to send messages to local standard accounts on mac? Like maybe a really simple email program that doesn't use the internet or receive any internet emails, just mail from the others using the same mac as them. Or something like a program that displays messages on the desktop etc.? Thanks!


Hope this helped!
QUOTE Thanks
technologist

 
Member Since: Mar 30, 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 4,744
technologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)

technologist is offline
Parental Controls really is the way to go. Instead of locking out System Preferences and the Terminal, it will lock managed users in to applications you specify. Thus, it prevents them from installing their own applications.
QUOTE Thanks
MacTech1

 
Member Since: Mar 06, 2009
Posts: 2
MacTech1 is on a distinguished road

MacTech1 is offline
Thanks for your advice guys, I appreciate your help.

After reading both of your responses, I think it looks as though parental controls are my only option. The only problem that I have found with this is that some programs (Garageband, Microsoft Office apps and Adobe products, to list a few) seem to rely on other files, which are not listed within the parental control section, to be able to function correctly.

eg. When I open Microsoft Word within a local account with parental controls enabled (and Word put onto the allow list), a message appears stating that the application 'fontcache' is not on the list of allowed applications.

We do have an option to add this to our list of allowed applications so that this message will not appear again, but what I don't want is to upload an image of my mac, drop it onto 30+ machines only to find that a program is not working due to an issue with a blocked application that I may have missed during testing, or that needs to be accessed when a specific function is launched.

As for your question Mr Macintosh, sorry I can't help you I'm afraid. Our school really only uses network accounts. It is only recently that we have looked into using local accounts for one of our departments as it seems that there are some major functionality issues with the network accounts and one of the applications that we use. If you do manage to find a program that does this though I'd be interested in knowing what it is for future reference.

Thanks again.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Popup Messages for Mac | Mac Sound Scheme »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Mac Songs The mac 13 Switcher Hangout 7 05-06-2010 12:35 AM
System Preferences theflys OS X - Operating System 3 12-11-2008 09:27 PM
Removing previous Mac OS System Folder NeoGreen OS X - Operating System 3 03-26-2008 03:13 PM
Questions about Mac Mini and Imac-how much power? markw10 Apple Desktops 3 08-22-2006 06:12 PM
Mac Users Get More ISP Choices schweb Apple Rumors and Reports 1 03-06-2003 10:57 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:42 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?