SWY's technical notes

Relevant mostly to OS X admins

Spurious “you don’t have permission to use the application” errors

For far too long, I’ve been irritated with these digital rocks in my shoes, which would appear on wake from sleep, telling me I didn’t have permission for a wide variety of executables:

If you tried either kind of allow, you’d end up at an administrator credential request for Parental Controls.  Except this was going on with company owned machines- there were no Parental Controls in place, so things didn’t add up.

Thankfully, my friend Stephen Boyle answered my Slack query: check for an application restriction profile, and pull it.  Sure enough, I had a profile to prevent my users from attempting to install High Sierra. After pulling that profile, the rocks are out of my shoes.



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