When I upgraded to macOS Sierra about a month ago, I was given a notice that my admin password needed to change, so I went ahead and added a new one. After that, I ran into an odd situation during reboot. I would have to “log in” twice: once with my Apple ID and then with my admin password. While this wasn’t a huge deal, it was a bit annoying and a bit confusing a well.
It turned out that during the upgrade process (or maybe before and I never noticed) that my FileVault encryption password had been tied to my Apple ID account. While this is handy as a means of unlocking the computer, it caused the “double login” because the Apple ID was only working to access drive contents, then you had to login as usual.
To fix it: I disabled FileVault and re-enabled it again, but used a GUID generated key that was tied to the keychain. I made sure to print out the key and put it in a safe place. Now there is no “double login” problems, since the OS can use the keychain and unlock itself.
So you created that BootCamp partition and after a night of “install-a-palooza”, you’ve run out of space. [Zut alors!] There are several resources out there that indicate that you can use Disk Utility to open up some free space, then use a partition tool on the Windows side of things to consume that free space. However, there are several other resources, and a bit of personal experience, that indicate doing this may not allow your partitions to be properly identified when the process completes, causing the whole endeavor to fail. Similarly the space might not be visible (or accessible) to one (or both partitions).
In the end, it’s a bit of a pain, but worthwhile to simply flush the partition and start over to avoid the risk. With the speed at which modern computers are running (with SSD/Fusion Drives as well), this shouldn’t take too long. Plus, with cool environment building tools, you can get everything up and running in no time.
Note: I just upgraded to OSX Mavericks (10.9) and the ReadyShare drive is still readable and functional in Time Machine. You shouldn’t run into any trouble if you decide to upgrade. If you do run into problems (I did later on), I have some notes below to help.
I mentioned a little while back that my job has ben jumping through a lot of different environments in order to get my work done. I’m doing PHP development in OSX to be on the same page as the my fellow developers. I also do .Net development for some of the clients we have. Previously, I’ve been working in a dual boot environment, swapping between two OSes as needed and relying on cloud life. Sometimes this doesn’t work out the best. Continue reading “Developer Nirvana: The OSX / VMWare Fusion / Visual Studio 2010 Amalgamation”→