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Need to remotely enable File Vault on OSX

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We have a number of macs that are in a windows domain.

Now I want to be able to remotely enable file vault. But I guess the users (windows domain) account needs to be enable for file vault first if I'm right. But you need the users password to do that.

Is it possible to enable it for the user account without knowing the users password?

We do know the root password though.
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I haven't tried this yet, but I'm guessing this should work.

The file vault uses a password to encrypt the contents.  You will need a password to create the initial encryption.  If you don't know the user's password, you may be able to create one first by enabling filevault with a root or admin account password. Run fdesetup enable and it will prompt you for a user name and password to use.  Once that's been set up, you'll need to load the authentication key for starting up the system automatically sudo fdesetup authrestart.   The user will not have the filevault password.

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57551815-263/how-to-restart-a-filevault-protected-mac-remotely/
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