Lock Down Mac

Is it possiable apply a policy to a Mac so that users cannot save files to there hard drive unless they are administrators?
clabiancaAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
you could write a startup script that would deny write to locations in the user's home directory.  This would cause other issues tho because when the system tries to write data it too would be denied access.

The better way to go about it is via a central management system like Open Directory on an OS X server whick would give you the ability to force data storage locations.
0
DJDecayCommented:
By design a user needs permissions to write and read certain files on the hard-drive such as preferences. If you apply file level restrictions (posix style permissions) you'll end up disabling the users ability to do work, and make many applications the end-user is using dysfunctional.


0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Apple OS

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.