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Why aren't my WGM policies being applied for OS X Server

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I have a Snow Leopard server on a Mac Mini (10.6.5) and 3 10.6.5 Macs. (1 Mac Mini, 2 MacBook Pros) Sometimes when the machines are booted, or logged in, the policies to disable some of the System Preferences panes, or display the login banner are not applied until a user logs out. How can I diagnose and fix this? I'm new to mac servers, and macs in general. Thanks
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by:woolnoir
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Follow the 10.5 guide here http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3540 to flush the MCX cache on the effected machines.
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I tried to follow that guide but /Computers doesn't exist. What should I do?
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Follow the rest of the instructions, and also do a sudo rm -rf "/Library/Managed Preferences" then restart the machine and see what happens.
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by:LIEconomy
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I tried that, and the login banner still disappears after a reboot. Only this machine is affected by this.
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have you tried removing from open directory and re-adding the machine record ?
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by:LIEconomy
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Yes I have. I think some software on the machine might be causing this behavior as this is a pretty customized programming machine.
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do you have anything suspicious in your directory services log (/applications/utilities/console).
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Nothing looks abnormal.
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Figured it out. It's a custom software running on the machine that is doing it.
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which ?
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It's an internal program that only exists on 2 computers. It doesn't really have a name. It's more of a series of scripts with an XCode program controlling them. It's an automation tool.
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Something I have to deal with for a custom environment.
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