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OSX Mobile Account / Other Issues

Posted on 2009-12-22
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Last Modified: 2013-11-12
Recently I upgraded a MacBook Pro from OSX 10.4 to 10.5.  I have run all the updates up to 10.5.8.  I then noticed several problems, which I will list only because I believe they are all related:

1.  When accessing a network share via AFP the user cannot open files by double-clicking them.  However, if say opening a .pdf from that share it can be accessed by File > Open from within Adobe Reader.   By connecting via SMB I can double-click and open files but not drag and drop files.

2.  I can only connect to networked printers via IP, and cannot browse the print server.

3.  The most glaring issue is that the network accounts are no longer Mobile accounts as they were in Tiger.  If the user is not connected to the office network, there is no option to log in as the network ID.  When attached to the network you can choose the avatar labelled "Other" at the login screen and then type in network credentials.

Whenever I attempt to create a mobile account in User Accounts, I am prompted for a password three times, and no password works.  I've researched this problem, however the Apple forums state it is resolved by updates/settings.  I have applied both the mentioned update and verified those settings are correct and still I cannot log in locally.

Under the Directory Setup utility, I have tinkered with the "Create a Mobile Account at login" settings, and nothing seems to change anything.  I've toggled about every option in that window and nothing has changed.

When I log in on a Windows computer I can access printers and network shares properly so I know there is nothing wrong with the account's permissions.

Please note I will not be able to troubleshoot the unit until tomorrow morning.  Thanks in advance.
Question by:Chernesky
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you suffer from several different problems.

1) you need to rebuild lsregister. Fire up Terminal located in the /Applications/Utilities and execute following command:
sudo /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

it should ask for your password (assuming you're an admin on the machine)

2+3) are you sure you're really bind to AD?

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Yes I am sure I am bound to the AD.  When I am in the Advanced Settings of Directory Setup the button under my AD server says "unbind" rather than "bind".  That is unless OSX believes it is bound when really not.

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When I run the command exactly as written above I receive the following error:

CoreEndianFlipData: error -4940 returned  rsrc type FREF (id 128, length 7, n active = no)
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Please provide a screen shot of the Directory utility and the AD plugin settings.  Please expand ALL so that all of the setings can be seen.

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Attached are the screenshots.  Let me know if I can provide anything else.
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Please please delete the user via dscl from the terminal and try again.

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So after taking  a closer look, I realized all the user's data was being stored locally in a home folder associated with the account, just did not have the ability to log in locally.

I added a new local user account with the same name and password as the network account and the new account simply used the home folder it had been working from.  Now the user has a local account, however it was a seamless transition with no data loss.

The issues with the network share / print server as mentioned in my first post are still occurring however.  Could someone help me reset the lsregister?  Thanks.

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