I’m trying to find out if there is a solution, or some workaround, to this problem. We have 12 users on a machine running Mac OS X Server 10.4.6 and OSXvnc 1.71. We want to have all users be able to access their GUI remotely at their discretion. Only one of the users has admin/root privileges. So far, everything works pretty well.
Recently, we had to restart to fix some error that was not allowing new shell processes to be created. After restart, of course, none of our users was logged into the GUI. Since we had forced the users to enter new passwords at their first login, we didn’t know any of their passwords after the restart. Thus, we were unable to log them into the GUI at the local terminal in order to start the OSXvnc server process in their account.
Consequently, none of our users (with the exception of the user with root privileges) will be able to access their GUI unless they first sit down at the local terminal to log in. We don’t want to give out admin privileges to all of our users, but we do not want to force them to come in to the machine to log in if there is ever a situation where they are logged out.
Has anyone figured out a way to start a OSXvnc-server instance for a user who is not logged into their GUI without root permissions? Obviously that could be a security risk, so I’d welcome other suggestions. Is there a way to automatically log all users into their GUI at start up, or for the root user to fast user switch into other accounts without the user password?
Any suggestions will be appreciated!