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MCX for testing

For testing, if you want to lock down a preference via MCX, here's how to do it. (Thanks to our awesome MacOps!)

1. Find the pref. Look at the manifest file or existing pref file.
2. Create a plist file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">

3. Install it for the user:

sudo dscl . -mcximport /Users/[username] /path/to/that/file.plist 

4. Log out/in.

When you're done, kill it with a

sudo dscl . -mcxdelete /Users/[username] com.apple.Safari Homepage

As a bonus, in the Accounts pref pane, the user will be tagged as "Managed".

Perfect for your next April Fool's joke.


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