This tutorial will use officially created Google OS X security templates and official Apple tools. These tools were designed for network deployments of OS X. Other than the complexity of the workaround, the process is not a hack or a patch or anything ultra-scary.
These instructions were designed using OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” and should be applicable up to and including OS X 10.11 “El Capitan”. Depending on your version of OS X, your experience may differ slightly. We also have a Windows version of this tutorial.
If you are using macOS 10.12 “Sierra”, macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”, or macOS 10.14 “Mojave”, please contact us – we may have a work-around for you.
If you need help with any of the following concepts, please consult a nerdy friend or your favorite search engine:
- Downloading and opening disk image or zip files
- Finding OS X applications that are not located on the Dock
- Giving OS X permission to install packaged software
- OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” should use above links
- OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” should use above links
- OS X 10.9 “Mavericks” should use above links
- OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion” should use Workgroup Manager
- Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” should use Server Admin Tools
- Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” should use Server Admin Tools
- OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” and OS X 10.11 “El Capitan”: you will need to download Pacifist from CharlesSoft. This is necessary to extract the Workgroup Manager from the install package. Open “WorkgroupManager.pkg” with Pacifist and select the Install button from the toolbar. Select whatever buttons are necessary to complete the installation.
- OS X 10.9 “Mavericks” and earlier: open the “WorkgroupManager.pkg” package found in the disc image. Select whatever buttons are necessary to complete the installation.
If you have run Workgroup Manager before, you can click on the padlock icon below the tabs to authenticate.
You should be able to ignore any CFUtil.cp errors you may see.