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How to Restrict User Login Time on Mac devices using Hexnode MDM

Hexnode MDM facilitates the admin to restrict users from logging in to their Mac devices for the specified time period. With the Time Limit policy for Mac, the device usage time can be restricted over the weekdays and weekends, as well as prevent access to the device for the set time.

Note:

Ensure that Parental Controls are enabled for the user in the respective device’s System Preferences.

Creating Time Limit Policy

Specify the duration for which you wish to allow or prevent user access to the Mac via the policy.

Restrict User Login Time on Mac devices using Hexnode MDM - Time Limit Policy

  1. From your Hexnode MDM dashboard, navigate to Policies > New Policy. Assign a suitable name and description (optional) for the policy. You can also choose to continue with an already existing policy.
  2. Go to macOS > Security > Time Limits. Click Configure.
  3. Enable access limit option is enabled by default. Choose from the other available options based on your requirement:
    • Allow access on weekdays– Allows access to the device from Monday to Friday for the specified duration.
    • Allow access on weekends– Allows access to the device on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) for the specified duration.
    • Notes:

      • You can set time limits from 15 minutes up to 8 hours.
      • User login is restricted after the allowed time limit. If the device is in use, the user will be logged out automatically.

    Restrict User Login Time on Mac devices using Hexnode MDM - Allow Access

     
  4. The Prevent access option, enabled by default, allows the admin to set the time duration (based on 24-hour clock) for which user access is to be restricted.
    Note:

    The exact time set under Prevent access option gets applied in accordance with the device time zone to which the policy is applied, in accordance with the 24-hour clock. For example, if Prevent access is set between 13:00 to 14:00, the user is logged out automatically at 13:00 in the respective device time zone.


    Restrict User Login Time on Mac devices using Hexnode MDM - Prevent Access

     
  5. Next, associate the policy to the target device. Go to Policy Targets, choose the target entity- can be a device, device groups, user, user groups or domains, click +Add and choose the targets. Click Ok.
  6. Click Save to associate the policy to the target entity.

Associating policies to target devices

If you are editing an existing policy and wish to associate it to more targets,

  1. Navigate to Policies and choose the policy.
  2. From Manage drop-down, select Associate Targets.
  3. Choose the target entities and click Associate.

You can also associate the policy from the Manage tab.

  1. From your Hexnode MDM dashboard, go to Manage > Devices.
  2. Choose the target devices or device group.
  3. Click on Manage drop-down and select Associate Policy.
  4. Choose the desired policy and click Associate.

Exception:

The admin can override the policy to change the time limits while logging in to the device. Any existing or new Time Limit policy comes into effect only after the time extension provided by the admin is up.


Restrict User Login Time on Mac devices using Hexnode MDM - Login Override

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