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How to Configure Login Window Preferences for macOS devices using Hexnode MDM

Depending upon the System preferences configured, login window appears either when the user logs out of the user account or when you wake up Mac from the sleep mode or when you try to access the screen back from the Screensaver mode. Hexnode MDM enables you to customize the login window on your macOS devices.

To Configure Login Window Settings



  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Go to Policies.
  3. Select an existing policy or create a new one by clicking on New Policy.
  4. From macOS Settings select Login Window Preferences and click on Configure.

You will have the following options to be configured.

Settings Description
Display login window as Choose from the options to display the login window either as list of users or to display the username and password dialog.
Hide local users

(Works only when Display login window as is selected as list of users.)

Enable this option to hide the local users from the login window. It will display only the network users and the system users.
Show network users

(Works only when Display login window as is selected as list of users.)

Enable this option to display only the networks users in the login window.
Hide admin users

(Works only when Display login window as is selected as list of users.)

Enable this option to hide the admin users from the login window.
Show other users

(Works only when Display login window as is selected as list of users.)

Enable this option to show other users in the login window.
Hide mobile account users

(Works only when Display login window as is selected as list of users.)

Enable this option to hide the mobile account users from the login window. In some cases, mobile account users will be displayed as network users.
Hide Shut Down button Enable this option to hide the shutdown button from the login window.
Hide Restart button Enable this option to hide the restart button from the login window.
Hide Sleep button Enable this option to hide the sleep button from the login window.
Disable Console Access from Login Screen Unchecking this option allows the user to access the console by typing >console as the username at the login window. And Checking this option prevents the users from accessing the console from the login window.

Note: Checking this option disables the option Show Input menu in login window under System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login option on Mac devices.

Disable Shut Down while user is logged in Enable this option to prevent the users from shutting down the system while the user is logged in.
Disable Restart while user is logged in Enable this option to prevent the users from restarting the system while the user is logged in.
Disable Power Off while user is logged in Enable this option to prevent the users from powering off the system while the user is logged in.
Disable Log Out while user is logged in

(Supported on macOS devices with OS version 10.13 and later.)

Enable this option to prevent the users from logging out while the user is logged in.
Disable Immediate Screen Lock options

(Supported on macOS devices with OS version 10.13 and later.)

Enable this option to prevent the users from locking the screen immediately.
Show text to display in the Login Window Provide a suitable text to be displayed on the login window.
Show Admin Host Info This option allows you to display additional computer info in the login window. It can take any of the following three options.

  • Host Name
  • System Version
  • IP Address

Note:


To view the Admin Host Info, click on the time displayed on the status menu in the menu bar.


Exception:


Show Admin Host Info works only on macOS devices with version 10.10 and lower. However, on devices with version 10.10 and later, all the three options will be shown one after the other, while clicking on the time displayed on the status menu in the menu bar.


Once these options are configured, you can associate the policies to the devices.

To Associate Policies to Devices / Groups

If the policy has not yet been saved.

  1. Navigate to Policy Targets.
  2. Click on +Add Devices.
  3. Select the devices and click OK.
  4. Click on Save to apply the policies to devices.

Apart from devices, you can also associate the policies to device groups, user and user groups from Policy Targets.

If the policy has been saved, you can associate it by another method.

  1. From Policies, check the policies to be associated.
  2. Click on Manage → Associate Targets and select the devices.
  3. Click on Associate to apply policy to the devices.
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