Generic Filevault 2 passphrase?

New Contributor

Hello All!

Is there a method in existence to create a generic pass phrase for filevault on a multi-user machine by script or by policy? With the possibility of enrollment at log in? Pipe Dream?

Any info helps!

Thank You!
Dave Case
Johnson & Wales University IT


Valued Contributor

You can create a FileVault Master password and distribute prior to enabling FV2. That allows for unified pass phrase.

JAMF allows for more options now with recent versions of the Casper Suite and Macs with 10.8.

I highly recommend reading over the articles posted by rtrouton at and search on FileVault. You'll find everything from establishing the FVMaster password and recovering/unlocking.

I would not create a generic pass phrase with the idea of sharing it with others. You want to protect that from anyone or it will be shared world wide.