Allow user to install local printer without print operators member

Discussion in 'Server Security' started by Ferdy, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. Ferdy

    Ferdy Guest

    Hello people,

    I was wondering, is it possible to allow a user, which is not a member of
    the built-in print operators group, to install local printer drivers on a
    Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller?

    I've tried Aaron Margosis' tip (using TweakUI, see: but this
    didn't work for me...

    If anyone knows a way to do this, please let me know!

    thanks in advance,

    Ferdy, Aug 10, 2006
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  2. Ferdy

    John Guest

    Select Start/All Programs/Administrative Tools/Domain Security Policy
    Then select Local Policies/User Right Assignment/Load and Unload device

    Add the user or group and that should work. You can also do this on XP
    boxes where the users are a member of the USERS Group and need to install
    local drivers. The only difference in the server and client is Domain Sec.
    Policy vs. Local Domain Policy.

    Hope that helps!
    John, Aug 10, 2006
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  3. Ferdy

    Ferdy Guest

    Hi John,

    thank you for your reply!

    Sadly though, specifying this policy for the user didn't solve the problem...
    The user still doesn't get the option to choose "install local printer"
    (it's still greyed out...)
    Ferdy, Aug 10, 2006
  4. You don't want anyone but domain admins installing any kind of system
    software including drivers on DCs. That would allow them to completely
    do any and everything they wanted to do regardless of anything else, you
    might as well make them Enterprise admins because if they want it you
    certainly won't be stopping them from getting it.

    Joe Richards Microsoft MVP Windows Server Directory Services
    Author of O'Reilly Active Directory Third Edition

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    Joe Richards [MVP], Aug 11, 2006
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