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Think you know Macs? Answer this quiz question.........
By:  P. Briscoe (Non running-dog anti-imperial anti-Bush unapologist name-changer; 22620)
Posted on: 04-15-2019 16:50.
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A student in the Visual Arts program transitioned gender; and subsequently changed their identity information on our self-service web portal to use a masculine form of their former first name. Initials remain the same. (ex. Roberta>Robert) Our IDs are generated like so: first initial+3numbers+last initial+3 numbers. For the sake of example, we will in fact call this user Robert Smith--his login ID for all services is r123s456. So the actual ID didn't change--just an attribute --what Active Directory calls "Display Name."

Here's the problem: Robert was logging into various Macs in the Maya 3D lab since the name change and OS X was displaying "Roberta Smith" in the upper right hand corner of *some* of the Macs, but displaying "Robert Smith" in others. Robert doesn't want to be called Roberta anymore. Even after doing all the work to get the name changed, it appeared to him the University still thinks he's called Roberta, because that's what it said on some computers in the Computer Labs. And his instructor requested we address the issue.

I was able to solve this issue in 30 seconds with a single command sent to all workstations in all 7 visual arts Mac labs remotely. Oh, and Robert might have had data saved on multiple Macs as well, so this "fix" could absolutely not delete any user-created data files.

Now, if you think you know Macs, answer the following questions.

1. What was the command? Doesn't have to be exact syntax. Just the command.
2. Is there a way to configure the Mac where this wouldn't have been a problem in the first place?
3. EXTRA CREDIT: Would you see this issue manifest the same way on Windows workstation bound to AD? I'm not sure of the answer here, but wondering if the Windows guys would chime in.


Edited by P. Briscoe at 4/15/2019 4:56:51 PM

Edited by P. Briscoe at 4/15/2019 5:00:59 PM