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Archived - Mac OS X 10.0, 10.1: Setup Assistant Creates Two Administrative Users - Admin and root

When using Mac OS X Server, the Setup Assistant creates both Admin and root user accounts with the same password. For Mac OS X (client), the root password remains undefined until you enable the root user. In both versions of Mac OS X, subsequent changes to a password only affect the selected user, not both.
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Symptom
    1. After changing your password, the previous password continues to work for certain functions.
    2. It may seem that your password does not work for certain functions.


Solution

Mac OS X uses Admin and root users for different types of administrative functions.

For a discussion of this issue, see:

Article 106361: "Mac OS X 10.0, 10.1: Password Does Not Work as Expected After a Change"
Last Modified: Feb 17, 2012
  • Last Modified: Feb 17, 2012
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