Disable login for Network Accounts

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I have computers (10.8.5) enabled with option "Allow network users to login" as per the attached. (Last Option)

I have to disable this option on many computers, I am looking for a Terminal Command to disable this option.

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sudo defaults read /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist

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to see if you have that entry listed there.

If it's there, you should be able to
sudo defaults delete /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist  NAME_OF_ENTRY

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Which verison of OSX is that?  That's no longer available as an option on my current Mavericks system that's joined to the domain.  I'm not sure where it might be, otherwise.  I do have a lion system I can check later on, but don't have access to it now.


As mentioned in the question OS=10.8.5

When I run the first command following is the output:

admin$ sudo defaults read /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist
    MCXLaunchAfterUserLogin = 1;
    MCXLaunchOnUserLogout =     {
        a = 1;
    OptimizerLastRunForBuild = 25494688;
    OptimizerLastRunForSystem = 168297728;
    RetriesUntilHint = 0;
    lastUser = loggedIn;
    lastUserName = a;

Please tell me what has to be next...

Sorry, I did see the 10.8.5, but blanked out when I was typing.

I don't see an entry there in your plist.  I guess it's somewhere else.  I'll have to get to a lion machine to see where it might be.

A work around would be to leave the Active Directory domain then rejoin it when needed.  I don't have access to Open Directory now, so I don't remember how I'd do that on the command line.
dsconfigad -leave [-localuser username] [-localpassword password]

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# Bind the AD
dsconfigad -f -a (computer name) -domain (domain) -u (user name) -p (password) -mobile enable

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# Create the AD search paths
/usr/bin/dscl /Search -create / SearchPolicy CSPSearchPath
/usr/bin/dscl /Search/Contacts -create / SearchPolicy CSPSearchPath
/usr/bin/dscl /Search -append / CSPSearchPath "$csp"
/usr/bin/dscl /Search/Contacts -append / CSPSearchPath "$csp"

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Sorry, but this is Production & I can't go with the suggested workaround....

Please take your time when you get your hands on Mountain Lion.
After some digging, I found something about the com.apple.access_loginwindow group, except I'm not sure exactly what to do with it yet.

dseditgroup -o read group com.apple.access_loginwindow

You mainly have to create the group to deny access.  You can delete the group when you want to enable access again.

The group gets created when you click on the option button.  Once created, there are 2 nested groups in there when you allow network access and only one when you don't.  From the command line, you should be able to just create & delete the group.

See if the group exists / view the group
dscl . -read /Groups/com.apple.access_loginwindow

Add the group
dseditgroup -o create . com.apple.access_loginwindow

dseditgroup -o delete -n . com.apple.acces_loginwindow


It shows how to enable the user, I am looking for a command to disable the setting.


Sorry, I saw your post later, I will try & let you know


When I run the command to see the groups, I get the following result:

dscl . -read /Groups/com.apple.access_loginwindow
AppleMetaNodeLocation: /Local/Default
GeneratedUID: E62C0966-77C1-4271-8B0B-292E9FE7204A
Password: *
PrimaryGroupID: 206
 Login Window ACL
RecordName: com.apple.access_loginwindow
RecordType: dsRecTypeStandard:Groups

Can you advise what next?


Any suggestions?
Sorry, I've been busy, and didn't have any free time to check experts-exchange earlier.

Delete the group then add it back with the commands I've given.  To find out more about the command run man dseditgroup  If the group exsits, the checkbox goes off, unless the netaccounts group is a member of this group.

You could also remove ABCDEFAB-CDEF-ABCD-EFAB-CDEF0000003E, or group 62 (netaccounts), from that group.  The other one 3D, or 61, is localaccounts.  Keep the localaccounts, but you can delete netaccounts from the group.  This isn't exactly needed, unless you have other group members that you wish to remain.  You only have localaccounts and netaccounts, which means you didn't click the options box to restrict members to specific groups.

When you first uncheck the check box, the group is created without the netaccounts group as a member.  The next time it's checked, it adds the netaccounts group to it.  When you click on the options box, group members are added to this group to restrict access to just those members.  If you just want to allow the default of everyone, you just need to add netaccounts to this group.


It's ok, I understand.

I wrote the following command & it gives this error:

dseditgroup -o delete -n ABCDEFAB-CDEF-ABCD-EFAB-CDEF0000003E . com.apple.acces_loginwindow
Error locating specified node.

I am not sure of the syntax, could you please have a look?
That's for deleting an entire group, not for editing group membership.  It's necessary for operating on the directory services.  If you're just changing membership in the local group, you just need to use dscl.  You should be sure that the group exists.  You can also restrict it to specific group members as well.

Here's the delete command to remove the group from the NestedGroups to disable Network user access.
dscl . -delete /Groups/com.apple.access_loginwindow NestedGroups ABCDEFAB-CDEF-ABCD-EFAB-CDEF0000003E

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Here's the append command to put it back and allow network user access.
dscl . -append /Groups/com.apple.access_loginwindow NestedGroups ABCDEFAB-CDEF-ABCD-EFAB-CDEF0000003E

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Thanks a Lot!!!

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