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iMAC profile back to default

Posted on 2013-06-03
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Is there any inbuilt application or external apps where we can lock down imac user profile? We want to rollout imac for student use and want to setup it in such a way that after logoff, the user profile turns back to default and starts fresh.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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If you click on the Apple > System Preferences > Users and groups you can do exactly what you want.  Have groups with different privileges and users inside of groups.
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by:ArcIT
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But does it revert profile back to default as soon that user logs out? e.g Any stored documents on desktop,web cache, cookies and so on should be cleared.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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I believe so.  It's been a long time since I needed to use users in that way.
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by:serialband
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Enable the Guest User and let the students use that.

If that's not ideal, then enable login hooks and write a script to clear the user profile.

sudo defaults write com.apple.loginwindow LoginHook /path/to/loginhook/script

There's also Deep Freeze for the Mac, which allows you to reset everything back the way it was.
http://www.faronics.com/products/deep-freeze/mac/
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