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Use Temporary Administrator on your Mac

Created by Nathan Roth, last modified by John Galli on Feb 01, 2023

If you need Temporary Admin Privileges, it must be approved by your supervisor or Lab P.I.  Contact us by going to and clicking on the General IT Support Request.  Have your supervisor or Lab P.I. fill out the form requesting Temporary Admin Privileges.  Be sure to give us your UW Net ID as well as the name of the computer you are working on (Such as SSITNS-ABLAB1).  Make sure you are on a UW Network when using Temp Admin (either UW wired connection or Wifi, or UW VPN)

Step-by-step guide

  1. Click on the sheild symbol on your Apple toolbar and click on launch intelligent hub.

    intelligent hub dropdown menu with Launch Intelligent Hub button hilighted

  2. Once in intelligent hub, click on the "Apps" section on the left, then on the search box on the right search for: Temp Admin.

    Intelligent Hub main menu with Apps tab selected

  3. Then select install (or Run/Reinstall if already installed) next to the Temp Admin V 1.0 listing.  Select the star next to install to favorite it.

    Intelligent Hub Apps tab selected and temp typed into the search box. temp admin is a result from the search with an install button next to it

  4. You should see a pop-up notification at the bottom of your screen letting you know that temp admin has been installed

  5. Within a few minutes you should see a notification balloon pop-up that tells you that your user account has temp admin access for 5 minutes.  If you do not see the prompt within a minute or two, try to reinstall the temp admin again and wait another 1-2 minutes.  Contact the helpdesk after two attempts have been made if it is not working at that point.

    intelligent hub system message indicating that user has tempadmin access for 5 minutes

  6. Now anytime you run an installation or a process that requires elevation you can use your existing  account credentials to complete the process. 

  7. If 5 minutes passes and you need to use this service again you can go back into the Apps section and click re-install on Temp Admin.  Once the balloon appears you should be good to run new installs or elevations.

Keywordssmph it knowledge base temporary administrator mac macos temp admin   Doc ID134233
OwnerBrianna M.GroupSMPH
Created2024-01-16 15:23:26Updated2024-02-08 14:45:21
SitesSchool of Medicine and Public Health
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