Cannot change Local Admin Password

k84
New Contributor III

Hi Folks

Has anyone had this issue when changing our local admin password via Jamf in the Local Accounts payload and choose 'Reset' I get an error stating 'Error resetting the password for user'

I am using Jamf Pro 10.27
Tested on macOS High Sierra & Mojave, just keeps failing.

Has anyone else had this issue or have some sort of fix

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alexjdale
Valued Contributor III

The only reason I can think of is if that account has a secure token and is the only account on the Mac that does. Some versions of the OS will protect the sole secure token holder from losing it, meaning you can't force-reset the password, only change it in a manner which retains the secure token (a method which requires the current password). Similarly, you wouldn't be able to delete that account.

matthias_bretz
New Contributor III

If you are familiar with scripting and are fine with handling the passwords in clear text in a script (wouldn’t recommend this) you could use "passwd" on the command line.

sirsir
Contributor

This script works for us when we needed to change local admin password (secure token holder.)

sysadminctl -adminUser ADMINACCOUNTNAME -adminPassword CURRENTPASSWORD -resetPasswordFor ADMINACCOUNTNAME -newPassword NEWPASSWORD

matthias_bretz
New Contributor III

I just stumbled over this KB from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-ie/HT208171
A bit outdated but provides three scriptable ways.

tanderson
Contributor

I've gotten the error using reset password in a policy but we use a script like @SirSir mentioned and it works for us.

tdilossi
Contributor

@sirsir Is this used via a jamf policy or are you doing this manually on each machine affected?

sirsir
Contributor

@tdilossi With a policy that executes the command.

brianmcbride99
Contributor II

I am looking for a similar solution. We have a local "admin" account on all of our machines. An analyst from our ServiceDesk gave out this password last week to assist with a login issue for an end user. We now need to reset this local account password on all machines. Utilizing the Local Accounts payload in policy results in the same error the original poster is seeing.

Is the only option to run the sysadminctl cmd and expose the old and new password in cleartext in some type of log?(or is that not a concern)?

user-OkllnfNtyo
New Contributor

Right click Computer select Manage
On computer management window under System Tools go to Local Users and Groups and select Users
Right click on “Your User Name” and select properties
Clear (Uncheck) "User cannot change password">>Click apply ad Ok>>Exit Computer Management.

jlaslo
New Contributor II

I'm also having this issue. On enrollment, we set up a Local admin account with an initial password. Then when we move it to classroom or lab groups we want to change the password.  Then we get the same error 'Error resetting the password for user'. The weird thing is this policy worked fine up until this week.

gachowski
Valued Contributor II

I have see this happen in the GUI with a manual change. Big Sur M1 machines

armentrout
New Contributor II

Using the above script from @sirsir I had to run it using the File and Processes section of a policy, this exceuted the script to run as root user.  I had tried to run it as a script and kept running into a secure token issue, executing it as the root user worked perfectly!

 

hepvd
New Contributor III

Thanks I was scratching my head on this one ! Works flowlessly now

mhasman
Valued Contributor

Same issue here. Remote M1 computers with Big Sur where we need to rotate some admin account password. 

Anyone got it working via Jamf Pro policy > Local Accounts > Reset Account Password? I can not use solution where password is so simply visible 

chafe
New Contributor II

I hate theres no easy solution for this but it seems like the @sirsir method is the best way.

mhasman
Valued Contributor

Anyone who has auditor-level access to JSS can review the policy and see that password? Same like use 12345

LiveSecure_11
New Contributor

Does anything in Jamf ever just work without having to go through some complicated scripts to accomplish what the UI cannot do? It is so frustrating! We are a small shop and went with Jamf for its perceived ease of use in meeting compliance requirements given we do not have IT Help desk resources. We cannot get a simple policy such as deploy a local admin account for assisting in pw resets to work. Account deploys fine, but the pw NEVER works!  And we checked the pw policy requirements, we are following the parameters within our PW policy settings so that is not the issue. We've never been able to get this functionality to work. We are probably going to look for an alternative to Jamf; We spend more time troubleshooting this MDM solution than any other corporate/enterprise tool in our suite. This Local Admin account is just one of many challenges we've had with the tool. Following the Jamf help explicitly is not very "helpful" as evidence by the sheer volume of troubleshooting posts in this very forum.

chafe
New Contributor II

Yes its quiet terrible... Its more so an apple issue in my opinion with FileVault being whats stopping a lot of jamf policies. 

I would advice you check out their github for most scripts. My director said no however there is a script that can be deployed via self service that allows admin elevation to a standard user for however long you set it to.