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10.5: Manage users and groups using a GUI tool System 10.5
With the upgrade to Leopard, Netinfo Utility is nowhere to be found. The thing I found most useful about Netinfo Utility was the ability to modify user and group information. I have often used it to add myself to some of the System groups. In Leopard, you can create and manage users and groups from the Accounts System Preference, but there's no way to view or modify the built-in users and groups.

Doing some research, I discovered Netinfo had gone the way of the dodo and that everything was built on Directory Service Nodes, which got me thinking of Mac OS X Server. In fact, you can use the Workgroup Manager from the Server Admin Tools to view and edit system accounts. Here's how:
  1. Download the Server Admin Tools for 10.5 directly from Apple.
  2. Install the server tools and then launch Workgroup Manager (/Applications » Server » Workgroup Manager).
  3. When prompted, put in localhost (without the quotes) for the address, and your admin user name and password in the appropriate fields and then hit connect. [robg adds: A comment on our queue review site indicates you can just use the Server » View Directories menu item.]
  4. You'll get a warning about working in a local directory node; just ignore that and press OK.
  5. The Accounts option should be highlighted in the toolbar, and you should see the users you've created on your machine. Above the search box are tab buttons for users and groups, and to other tabs we'll ignore.
  6. Choose View » Show System Users and Groups from the menu to see all users and groups on your machine.
  7. You can now edit many of the options you could change in the old Netinfo. For example, in the groups tab you can go to the Members area to add or remove users
Warning: You should not play around with these settings if you don't know what you're doing. It is possible to break certain parts of the operating system, or to render it unusable. This hint is meant to give people who were used to using Netinfo Utility for specific purposes a different GUI for accomplishing the same thing in Leopard.
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10.5: Manage users and groups using a GUI tool
Authored by: guentherdan on Nov 09, '07 08:09:25AM

To show a *lot* more information, including system users and groups, enable the "Show All Records" checkbox in the Workgroup Manager preferences. These are edited as raw directory information similar to NetInfo.



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10.5: Manage users and groups using a GUI tool
Authored by: kyngchaos on Nov 09, '07 08:38:30AM

A bit of a problem though - as soon as we got our Leopard Server maintenance upgrade, I installed the admin tools on my Leopard MacBook, thinking the tools must match the client (it was that way with Panther Server and a Tiger client). But the Leopard admin tools will not administer a Tiger Server! We are not upgrading our Tiger server to Leopard, yet.

And the Tiger admin tools do not work for this hint - eDSRecordTypeDisabled error, and nothing shows up in the user or group lists.

Extracting the 10.5 Workgroup Admin app from the installer with Pacifist seems to work, but there may be other problems since some server stuff is installed in the system that may be incompatible between Tiger and Leopard.



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10.5: Manage users and groups using a GUI tool
Authored by: rspeed on Nov 09, '07 09:22:30AM

Extracting it with Pacifist should work just fine (it did for me). Workgroup Manager doesn't require anything but the app itself.



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10.5: Manage users and groups using a GUI tool
Authored by: daleminter on Nov 09, '07 11:50:24PM

I just copied 10.4 Server Admin and Workgroup Manager Tools from a 10.4 installation in to a folder under /Applications/Server/10.4/ on a Leopard system and use them to manage Tiger servers... maybe a hint in itself?

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10.5: Manage users and groups using a GUI tool
Authored by: creativejam on Nov 09, '07 10:42:13AM

Works like a charm. I noticed right away that "staff" is named "Users" in Leopard - GID 20.



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10.5: Manage users and groups using a GUI tool
Authored by: sgasp on Nov 09, '07 02:14:38PM

Under Leopard you can do reasonable group setting (adding group, affecting users to it) using Accounts system preferences. When you click on the + button you can from the popup menu choose to add a group. Once you have your group, you can choose which user to add to it from there.



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10.5: Manage users and groups using a GUI tool
Authored by: apsharman on Nov 10, '07 04:13:58AM

You can add or subtract users through Get Info. At the bottom of the Sharing and Permission section there are plus and minus buttons. Click the plus and a "Select a new user or group" dialog box pops up. Not only is "Users & Groups" shown but also your address book. Click the name you want, enter your admin password and you are good to go.

Cheers, Tony



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10.5: Manage users and groups using a GUI tool
Authored by: TiVoFan on Jan 09, '08 06:17:29AM

Excellent hint! My only trouble is, after updating the "Users" (staff) group to include local users, I couldn't use the group!

That is, when I try to add a permission to a file via Get Info, the only groups I see are "System Administrators", and a group for each individual user. It seems that dialog doesn't display "System Groups" or users.

How can I create a usable group which means, "all the accounts on this machine?" Thanks!



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10.5: Manage users and groups using a GUI tool
Authored by: jweinberger on Oct 20, '08 09:30:20PM
Can't this be accomplished by:
sudo dscl . -append /Groups/wheel GroupMembership yourusername


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10.5: Manage users and groups using a GUI tool
Authored by: SSteve on Jun 18, '09 08:59:10AM
10.5: Manage users and groups using a GUI tool
Authored by: gflogic on Jul 30, '10 09:50:20PM

Thanks! This was really great instruction. Much appreciated.



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10.7: Manage users and groups using a GUI tool
Authored by: chris_on_hints on Sep 17, '11 12:45:13AM

the equivalent download for 10.7 os x lion is http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1419



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