Showing short usernames in ARD lists

If you use Apple Remote Desktop in a specialized lab environment where you assign your users to a generic UID and home directory, and you want to be able to see their actual usernames instead of the generic UID username, here’s the way to do it. In a terminal window, input as one line:

defaults write com.apple.RemoteDesktop showShortUserNames -bool true

You can find this tip on page 313 of the Mac OS X v10.4 System Administration Reference, Volume 2 book from Peachpit Press.

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