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Re-enable portable home directory options at login OS X Server
Mobile users in an OS X Server / Client setup are prompted at login with a dialog asking if they want to create a portable home directory on the machine they are logging on. They have three buttons to choose from:
  1. Not Now -- just log in to the network account and work with the network home directory. Question will reappear at next login.
  2. Yes -- creates a local copy of the network home directory and a special local user account labelled "mobile."
  3. Never -- suppresses this dialog at login to the machine and continues login to the network account using the network home directory.
Up through OS X 10.4.2, "Never" meant anything but never, as clicking the "Never" button did not prevent the dialog from coming up each time the user logged in. 10.4.3 fixed the problem, and "Never" became really never. But what if you change your mind and want to finally create a portable home directory on a machine where you previously discarded this choice? There aren't any controls to reset these settings, in either OS X Client or in OS X Server's Workgroup manager.

The solution resides in a preference file on the client machine: /Library/Preferences/com.apple.MCX.plist

When clicking "Never" in the startup dialog, OS X creates this preferences file (or an entry in the file if it exists already). This file contains an entry for each mobile user having chosen to never create a portable home directory on the machine. The key looks like this:
MobileAccountNeverAsk-username
The value is set to 1 for each 'never' user. After deleting the file, the dialog reappears at login, and users can successfully create a portable home directory on the machine.

In case there are more than one entry, I guess deleting the key/value pair concerning just one particular mobile user, without deleting the whole plist file, would have done it also, but I did not try that.
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Re-enable portable home directory options at login
Authored by: klktrk on Jan 06, '06 10:47:10AM
Seems to me you should be able to do this with: Set to Never Ask:
defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.MCX MobileAccountNeverAsk-kit -bool YES
and Set to Ask:
defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.MCX MobileAccountNeverAsk-username -bool NO


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Re-enable portable home directory options at login
Authored by: klktrk on Jan 06, '06 10:50:27AM
That should be... Set to Never Ask:
defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.MCX MobileAccountNeverAsk-username -bool YES
I don't know why anyone would have a user account named kit. Dreadful.

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Re-enable portable home directory options at login
Authored by: q3 on Nov 01, '06 05:47:36AM

There is a much easier solution:

Press 'alt' during the login process (that is after entering the password) and the same dialog again will be presented to you again



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