Use an admin password when importing users for FileVault access from a file

When using the fdesetup command to import users from a file, specify an admin password in the top-level password field.

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When preparing a plist file to enable a list of users for the fdesetup add -inputplist command, use an administrator's password in the top-level password field.

Note: Using the recovery key in the top-level password field may cause an error to be returned. Use an administrator's password instead.

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For more information about using this command line tool refer to the fdesetup man page.

The following is an example of a property list file that can be imported:

<plist>
	<dict>
		<key>Username</key>
		<string>admin</string>
		<key>Password</key>
		<string>Apple123</string>
		<key>AdditionalUsers</key>
		<array>
	 	   <dict>
			<key>Username</key>
			<string>travis</string>
			<key>Password</key>
			<string>topsecret</string>
	 	   </dict>
		</array>
	</dict>
</plist>
  • admin is the short name of an admin user
  • Apple123 is the password for the user "admin"
  • travis is the short name of a user to enable
  • topsecret is the password for the user "travis"
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