Privileges – Requesting Administrator Permissions for a District Mac

Administrator access on a computer grants the ability to make system-wide changes. Malicious software can be installed without a person’s knowledge. This effect can be more severe if the person has administrator access on the computer. To reduce this risk, District Technology Services (DTS) is providing software that allows a person to enable administrator access only when needed. Privileges is a Mac application that allows a user to temporarily elevate their account to administrator level so that they can install software, printers, or run updates.

Note: To be able to use Privileges to elevate your account to administrator level, you must have filled out both the Expectations and Commitments Form and the Computer Admin Rights Opt In/Out Form.

First, open the Self Service application and look for Privileges.

Next, click Install.

Note: This computer already has the software installed, so the screenshot says Reinstall.

Once the application is installed, you can close Self Service, and the Privileges application will appear in your Dock. It is a green icon with a white padlock.

There are two ways to elevate to administrator access. One method is to click on the Privileges icon and the following window will open.

Click Request privileges. The Privileges icon will change to yellow with an open black padlock. This indicates that you are currently running as an Admin.

The other method to elevate to admin privileges is to right-click (or two-finger click) on the Privileges icon and choose Toggle privileges

Note: If you do not have your Expectations and Commitments and Computer Admin Rights Opt In/Out forms completed, you will see the following:

The icon will be black with a white lock, as shown:

And you will see the following message:

Once you are done with the task you needed admin access for, you should remove privileges so that you are running as a standard user again. The method to remove privileges is the same as requesting.

One, click the yellow icon and the following window will appear. Click Remove privileges. This window will go away and you will notice that the icon is green again. This is a good indicator that you are running as a standard user.

The other method to remove privileges is to right-click (or two-finger click) on the Privileges icon, and then click Toggle privileges.