OS X :: How To Prevent Users From Running An App

Jul 7, 2009

here at school (where i also work in the IT depo), people have been Playing WoW(even staff members) when they are not supposed to(which is anytime). We have been able to combat it on windows in the form of software restriction polices, but have no solution for the macs.

Is there a way to block wow.app? or better yet also be able to block all .App's from an external drive?

I really dont want to use parental controls and select the dozens of other "ok" apps.


OS X :: How To Prevent Users To Restart / Shutdown

Apr 7, 2010

Is is possible to prevent users to restart/shutdown a computer from the Apple menu in Mac OSX? Is it possible to create some kind of a special group that will have rights to restart/shutdown computer? I have a mac here with many users. From time to time people restart the computer without any particular reason disturbing work of others. I need to find a way to prevent user from doing it deliberately.

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OS X :: Prevent Users From Opening .dmg Files?

Feb 10, 2009

i'm the admin of a mac lab at my university. users use one specific user account - is there a way to prevent this user from opening .dmg files? people can run apps right from a mounted dmg and i've caught a couple of people trying to download torrents here. though they don't have permission to move an app into the applications folder, they can simply run it off the desktop.

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Mac OS X Lion Server :: Average Number Of Users On A Mini Running?

May 2, 2012

I'm in IT at a shop that is 98% Mac based.  At this point in time, we would like to use Lion Server to provide Time Machine backups and software updates to our users.  The environment is as follows:  We are all using laptops, connecting to our network and the internet using wireless only.  The mini has an ethernet cable attached and wireless will not be enabled for it.  All Time Machine backups and software updates will be done wirelessly.  The backups will be mostly text files, although in some instances there will be large amounts of said files.  Of course I will limit and exclude certain folders and file types from backup and I would like to have the user do their first backup via firewire/thunderbolt so the largest amount of data will not be pushed over the air.  I'm currently running tests with a few users doing just Time Machine backups to the Mini and all is going well, but I'm curious as to how many people I will be able to place on one Mini before it becomes too much.  We have about 70 users now and could be close to 100 by the end of the year.  We are a company that will continue to grow too.  Anyone have thoughts or experience with a large user base doing backups to a Mini like this?  How many users could I fit on each Mini? Would I be better off just going for the Mac Pro?

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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App Store :: Best App To Running Windows Based Programs?

Apr 24, 2012

Which is the best app to running windows based programs. I have Mathemagic computer Tutor which I want to have running on my new mac.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Set Login Policies For Network Users On A 2008 Mac Pro Running 10.7.3?

Feb 10, 2012

I am trying to set login policies for network users on a 2008 Mac Pro running 10.7.3 and failing miserably.  Let me start by saying that I am doing this successfully with 6 other laptops and another Mac Pro (2011 version) with absolutley zero issues. However no matter what I do I cannot seem to get this 2008 Mac Pro to work. The system in question is connected via WiFI (as are some of the other systems). I am using the mac address of the WiFI (as I am on the other systems) and have tried managing this system individually and in a group each of which fail. 

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App Store :: Lion Draining MacBook Battery - Can Install It On A Different Users IMac

Jun 13, 2012

Several weeks ago I upgraded my mother's MacBook to Lion. I had also intended to buy lion for myself but my iMac's hard drive died.Since Lion was installed the MacBook's battery life has been very, very poor - even booting up can cost 5%. A lot of people gave been discussing this. I have googled this issue and emailed Apple, but there seems to be no solution on the horizon. So I am going to reinstall Snow Leopard on the MacBook.  I had intended to contact Apple to see if a refund would be possible. However, just yesterday I replaced the hard drive in my iMac and it is working fine now. So I was wondering since I paid for the Lion OS, is okay for me to install it on my iMac rather than attempt to get a refund. Is that legal? And would it work? Would the fact that it was bought using my mother's AppleID (my money though ;)) mean that if I install it on my iMac it will make my computer my morher's computer - meaning my morher's login and details will overwrite mine? 

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Applications :: Using Google's Calaboration.app To Sync IPhones/iCal/gCal For Multiple Users?

Jun 3, 2009

I am trying to set something up for my wife and myself in which she has full read-write access to my iPhone/iCal calendar and I have the same for her calendars...

I know that at one point in the past I came across a tutorial that showed how this could be done using Google's free Calaboration application, but strangely I've not been able to find this tutorial since, nor can I find any tutorials that go over all of the steps to accomplish this task.

I've used SpanningSync and BusySync in the past, but had issues with each of them, and I would really appreciate any suggestions that anyone has that DO NOT involve the use of either of these paid third-party sync apps...

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OS X Server V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Cannot Edit Users In Workgroup Manager, New Users Cannot Login

Feb 13, 2012

Today when we started trying to add users to our server (we use it only for afp access at this time), we noticed that new users belonging to a group "storage" were unable to login from client machines via afp (clients both 10.7.2 and 10.6.8).  

When we tried editing the users accounts to change which groups they belonged to, it would appear in workgroup (and server preferences) that the changes would take but there was still no access. 

As a test case, we modified an existing user who had no issues logging in to belong to a diffenent group and have different sharepoint access. The changes looked good in workgroup and server prefs, but when the user logged in, he was only able to acces his old sharepoint and not the new one (and since his permissions to the old were removed, he shouldn't have access to that sharepoint). 

Also, for some reason users cannot be deleted within workgroup manager any more. The login used was the diradmin account.

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook Pro :: What Video Format (including Embedded Audio) Can Be Viewed By Both OSX Lion Users And PC Users

Mar 22, 2012

I am currently am MBA student and must create projects using power point/ keynote, very often. Many of the power points/ keynotes created by students are informative but lack the ability to hold an audience’s attention (boring). Since I have this wonderful Macbook pro, I would like to create a dynamic keynote presentation which would include clips of audio and video files (I already know about converting keynote to power point). The only problem is, the videos I want to use in the keynote presentation are not able to be manipulated in iMovie (due to their format), and if they where able to be manipulated in iMovie, I’m not sure that PC users would be able to properly view them.

What video format (including embedded audio) is able to be viewed and heard by both OSX Lion users and Windows users?   If this is possible, can anyone suggest a safe application that I can purchase from the apple app store that will allow me to convert video files (including embedded audio) so that it can be viewed by both Lion and PC users? Preferably one that does not need access to the internet in order to convert the files ( I’m on the go allot and use an air card for internet access), but I will take it if this is the best option.  If the app store does not have this type of application, is there a place that I can download a safe one? 

MacBook Pro

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OS X :: Snow Leopard Users - Workaround For The Non - SL "Split & Concat" App

Sep 1, 2009

Unix systems, including Mac OS X, have the same native functionality as the application "Split & Concat" (which currently DOESN'T work on Snow Leopard!). Here is what you do, to join your .001, .002 etc files:
1/ Launch "Terminal.app" & cd to the location of the .001 .002 .003 (etc) files, that normally require "Split & Concat" to join. Eg, if you download to the default location - ~/Downloads, type:


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MacBook Pro :: What That App Is That I See Running In Finder Bars

May 12, 2010

Could somebody tell me what that app is that I see running in many people's finder bars? It has the red and green bars on it running vertically. I can't figure out what it is. I've tried searching, mroogle, etc but when you don't know the name of it, it's pretty tough to find.

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Mac Pro :: Running Win App Via Parallels

Jul 24, 2010

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App Store :: Running 10.6.8, Can't Access The Mac

Jun 27, 2012

Running 10.6.8, I can't access the Mac App store. Why not? 

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App Store :: Currently Running Lion 10.7.4, But Can't Load

Jun 27, 2012

I have no trouble signing into iTunes, but my App Store won't load.

Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X :: Free Ram - Close Windows App Running In Background?

Apr 27, 2009

I've got verry litle apps running but my amount off free ram aint that big , is this normal? I have 2 gb in total. also , is there a way to close that windows app running in the background? i dont even know what it does.

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App Store :: Create Running Page Numbers In Pages?

Feb 20, 2012

How do I create running page numbers in Pages? I need to write a paper using APA format.

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OS X :: Minimize Feature On The Dock Lags / Running App From Disk Image

Nov 8, 2008

I notice that whenever I am running an app from a disk image I notice that the minimize feature on the dock lags, and the only way to fix it is to either log out and log in again or turn off and turn on again. Does anybody have a suggestion how to fix this?

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MacBook Pro :: Hidden App Running (Indexing) Affecting Drive?

Jun 5, 2012

I have a 15" MB Pro, 2.66, 8gb ram, Intel Core i7 processor, OS 10.6.8, a year or so old.I'm having trouble with a Lacie d2 Quadra v3 7200rpm drive. At first I thot it was the drive but now believe it's something with the mac since when hooked up to my old MB Pro I don't have this problem. When copying from the Lacie to another drive and sometimes when unmounting I get a message saying it can't unmount because it is in use by another application. But I am not running any other application, at least not knowlingly.

I would guess that a program(s) is accessing the drive without my knowledge (and perhaps performing indexing operations?) and I would like to find out which program(s), and how I can stop it.When I go to Preferences>Accounts>Login Items I see VMWare Fusion Helper (unchecked), and iTunesHelper and CNQL2405_Button Manager (both checked). Could any of these be responsible? I wonder if iTunes being used to backup my iPhone has created a problem, or separately if iCloud, Life or iSync or another app that could index might be creating issues.

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MacBook Pro :: How Can Make Color Running On The Title Of Writing In The IMovie App

Jun 24, 2012

When I add video and sup title in the project, I would like some color running on the sup title look like Karaoke.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Intel Mac :: Running A Windows App Without Installing Windows?

Jun 21, 2012

how can I install a windows based application on my mac and run the program without installing windows? I have tried a program called crossover which is supose to be an emulator but it doesn't seem to work.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X :: Lock To Prevent Further Changes Not Working

Aug 30, 2010

It is "unlocked". Every time I click it, it just stays unlocked and won't actually lock. For example, I can't lock it on the "Energy Saver" prefpane, but I can lock/unlock on the Accounts prefpane...

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MacBook :: How To Prevent Overheating

Sep 18, 2010

I'm using my MacBook for a wedding slideshow that will run on continuous loop for about 4-5 hours. I am a little concerned about overheating from running so long. What can I do to prevent overheating? I thought of The SMC fan control app, but don't know what the settings should be..

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OS X :: Any Way To Prevent User From Printing?

Feb 19, 2008

Is there any way to prevent a user from printing? I've got a child who keeps printing.

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OS X :: To Prevent Apps In The Dock

May 25, 2009

Is there a way to prevent a certain app from appearing in the dock when its active ?

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OS X :: How To Prevent Erase A Folder

Dec 26, 2009

If I try to delete a folder like MOVIES say "music cant be modified or deleted because is required by mac os x"

I need that with a folder that I create, how can make that?, I need that for prevent that folder can be erased.

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ITunes :: Any Way To Prevent Music From Syncing

Oct 9, 2010

Normally I have my music stored on an external HD. When I sync my iPhone the music is synced with the content of the external drive. Were I not to have the drive turned on during the sync, iTunes would delete the music on my iPhone as it would sync the "no music" on my pc with the music on my iPhone. Now I am traveling and will be away from my external HD for about a month. I would like to add some apps to my iPhone but if I do a sync I will lose all that music until I can get back home. Not what I want to have happen. Is there any way to prevent iTunes from syncing the music, i.e. just letting what's there alone and syncing the rest of the content?

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OS X :: Prevent Process To Startup On Reboot

Sep 12, 2010

I have a process running prl_vm_service and it is making my HDD very noisy. I think that spotlight keep indexing this file. Because when is shut down this process my HDD become almost silent. I would like to prevent this process to startup when I reboot my iMac. Is there a way to do this. I am aware that Parralles (this process belongs to it) needs it, but still I want to prevent this process to startup.

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Applications :: IMovie Keeps Crashing - How To Prevent

Aug 8, 2007

So I just got iLife 08 and I am upgrading from, I guess it's 06 (came on my mbp c2d) -anyway, I upgraded iweb, imovie and iphoto -

iphoto and iweb seem to have upgraded and it seems imovie did too BUT when I try and open imovie it keeps crashing...

I looked in the applications folder and see it made a "previous imovie" folder with my old one...

i try and open imovie 08 and it opens for a second, seems to try and load and shuts off...

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OS X :: Prevent Spotlight Searching DVD?

Dec 14, 2008

Is there any Terminal commands that will do this? I use Spotlight all the time - to load documents to loading applications. However, I hate how it makes any DVD's in my drive spin up. I never search DVD's, so turning this off wouldn't be an issue.

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OS X :: How To Prevent External HD Constant Access

May 2, 2009

OSX has a rather annoying feature, on many commands it will spin up my external harddrive out of its sleep mode. I have to wait for the harddrive to get up to speed and during that wait i get the spinning beach ball. Its really annoying because it will do that on things totally unrelated to the external like bookmarking a webpage, going into a new tab in safari, switching between programs.

What i would like to to make it so that the external harddrive is only spun up when its actually being used! I dont want to have it going all the time because i value the quietness of my mac, at the moment its pretty much silent apart from when the external harddrive is going or the fans are going flatout. OSX 10.5.6, late 2008 macbook 2.0ghz. Western digital 1TB external hard drive on USB

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OS X :: Prevent The Dock From Pushing Apps Away?

Aug 7, 2009

When I launch an app or open a window they appear next to the Dock wasting precious screen space. I can of course move them manually under the Dock to get the space back but I'm searching a way to tell the dock to always be on top of everything instead of moving it away.
I already searched Google and used numerous Apps like "Docker" and "Secrets"- without sucess.

Especially on my mothers small 17incher with 1024x768px resolution and only a couple of things in the Dock, the Dock is stealing like 20 Percent of real estate.

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OS X :: Any Way To Prevent Overwriting In Drop Box?

Aug 25, 2009

If file sharing is enabled, then anyone can drop files into a user's "Drop Box" with write-only permissions. Is there any way to prevent overwriting here? Like if two users dropped different files with the same name, how do you keep both of them?

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OS X :: Prevent Finder To Open At Login

Oct 14, 2009

I'm using a Finder replacement app. Is there anyway to prevent the Finder from opening at login?

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OS X :: Way To Prevent Partition From Mounting At Boot

Jul 28, 2010

I'm trying to prevent a partitions from mounting at boot. I created this /etc/fstab file

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