After configuring our first M1 machine we ended up with the attached error. "Recovery is trying to change system setting. No Administrator was found."
This happened after a reboot in which some system and kernel extensions were installed by policy and approved via config profile. Our machines have local admin accounts, but only the user account is FV2 capable and they are not an admin. That appears to be the crux of the issue.
Sadly I can't troubleshoot further because once you get this error, the only option is to erase/restore. And I was getting this error: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT211983
and while I was able to restore it via the configurator approach yesterday, I cannot today because the boot key command will no longer get the machine into revive mode and recognized by configurator. Apple support is stumped and is just sending me a new machine... they believe this one is just bricked. I restored it probably 4-5 times yesterday. today it's a paperweight that can't install an os.
So... has anyone else seen this "No Admin" error? Any solutions I should attempt once I get my replacement M! machine? Need to look into reworking our workflow so our admin account is also a FV2 user?
Mostly I want to direct attention to both this "no admin" error's existence and just how absurdly easy it is to brick these M1s apparently. Tread carefully, but also be aware Apple is swapping these out pretty readily if you do.
This is ridiculous that this is still happening. I've got a Securetoken enabled account, which is an administrator (the only administrator account on the machine) and when trying to re-install the OS, get the recovery error message. And I'm trying to do this, following Apple's recommendation, since I have had 2 users report that after upgrading to 11.4, their machines freeze at progress bar after entering their password. Only thing they were able to do is hard shut down the machine, and then they were able to log in.
Not as of late, but here is the solution that I am using to work out the error:
User received an M1 from Apple with macOS 12 preloaded. To prep for CheckPoint E85.30 that is macOS12 supported, I did the following: