Disable Functions

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by themagmaman, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. themagmaman macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2016

    We are doing a quick test/run through of 10.12 locally at our small business. We have it installed on a few systems we want to give to users for testing of their specific applications.

    However, we do not want some of the new Sierra features turned on. We would like to completely disable iCloud, Siri, Apple iwatch unlock, etc.

    We are currently poor and can't afford any kind of managing software like JAMF for our Macs, which are few, so we are looking for a way to turn these off completely (maybe through command line?) on the image so users can't enable them. We don't want them syncing to icloud and such.

    Any thoughts/ideas?

  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    You can deploy such settings through macOS Server: http://www.apple.com/macos/server/
  3. themagmaman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2016
    What I'm saying is, we don't have any money for servers or purchasing other programs to do this. Doesn't Mac Server have to be on a server to manage/function?

    I'm not familiar with it. Can I just install it on the image and turn off those settings?
  4. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    You might try turning off Siri and iCloud then deleting their preference panes from System/Library/PreferencePanes.
    That'd eliminate any GUI route to enabling those functionalities.

    You'll likely need Admin privileges to eliminate the panes, and may need to sudo rm through Terminal anyway.
    Apple System updates could very well bring the pref panes back on you, so you'll want auto update turned off.

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