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Recently I have shifted gear from a windows dominated network with Mac and Ubuntu scattered about to a full Mac network. The network I am in is on it's way to being scalable and decently manageable however it needs some TLC and much attention.

My project now is teach myself ARD (Apple Remote Desktop) to take full advantage of the environment.  Currently there are some computers added that I can access and other that I cannot. So, I am starting over.

I have created a Apple Script that configures a Hidden Admin Account successfully however I cannot connect to a remote computer with the credentials. I have logged in with that user and can su'ed to it in terminal. I was wondering if there is something that I am doing wrong or should I enable kickstart and added that was. This is one of the computers that I couldn't connect to and had to delete from ARD in order to attempt to re add.

Anyone know best practices when it comes to this? This environment was originally setup by a retired consultant that knew about it and comfortable on Mac's but didn't take full advantage of anything.
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Please use this script. Yours might not be as thorough.

http://marckerr.com/?p=95

More importantly I strongly suggest you heed to the advice at the very top:

"Not giving the user admin privileges really doesn’t protect from an ARD hack or someone with the password to that user because the ARD agent on the client machine will run remote commands as root. It would prevent a “Screen Sharing” user from doing anything as an admin."
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This was very helpful!
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Thx for the points!
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