creating local user accounts

Honored Contributor

So, I have to create local user accounts, on like a ton of machines. I have a script ready that will use the dscl command to create a local user account for students to log in just in case they can't sync their mobile accounts. however, I do know that Casper offers creating user accounts from the JSS via a policy.

Now, my concerns are, how do I change the user template? can I make a smart group based on local accounts? Are there any known issues using the Casper built in policy, or should I stick with a script? Anyone had to use this before? I only ask all these questions because we are having directory problems, which I won't get into at the moment, but I need to push out local accounts to the machines so people can log in and run testing software.

Here is the script:


#Long Name: KCK Student
#Short Name: student
#Password: password

dscl . -create /Users/student
dscl . -create /Users/student UserShell /bin/bash
dscl . -create /Users/student RealName "KCK Student"
dscl . -create /Users/student UniqueID 505
dscl . -create /Users/student PrimaryGroupID 20
dscl . -create /Users/student NFSHomeDirectory /Local/Users/student
dscl . -passwd /Users/student password
dscl . -create /Users/student dsAttrTypeNative:_writers_hint: Typical password
dscl . -create /Users/student dsAttrTypeNative:_writers_LinkedIdentity: student
dscl . -create /Users/student dsAttrTypeNative:_writers_passwd: password
dscl . -create /Users/student dsAttrTypeNative:_writers_realname: student
dscl . -create /Users/student dsAttrTypeNative:_writers_UserCertificate: student

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Many thanks in advance for any advice.

Thomas Larkin
TIS Department
tlarki at
cell: 913-449-7589
office: 913-627-0351


Contributor III

What do you want to change in the user template?

And for creating accounts the built-in JSS stuff seems to be fine for me...

Craig E