How2: User Rights on Domain but Admin Rights on Computer

Discussion in 'Server Security' started by Tom C., Dec 20, 2006.

  1. Tom C.

    Tom C. Guest

    We have a pretty simple setup: Single Win2K3 Server/DC and may 8 or 10
    client machines. We have a couple of users that we have assigned only a user
    group membership on the domain because we don't want them messing with files
    on the server shares. But at the same time, the user level login restricts
    them on their personal clients to where they can't install software or even
    run some software. How do I keep them as users on the domain but at the same
    time give them administrative (read, FULL) access to their individual client
    machines? Thanks, tom c
    Tom C., Dec 20, 2006
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  2. Any domain account (i.e. plain user) can be added as a member
    of a particular machine's Administrators group to make that domain
    account an admin on that one machine.

    However, this is not advisable.

    Most applications by now, save for pretty old versions, can be made
    to run without being admin. While admin is still required for config
    changes and installs, etc. it is IMO far better to provide them with a
    machine local account that is admin, for use when and only when it
    is needed (config change, install, etc.), thus encouraging the use of
    a plain (i.e. limited) user account for daily activity (i.e. their domain
    account is just a member of Users on their machine, likely via the
    membership of Domain Users in their machine's Users group).
    Having everyone work day in day out as an admin is a recipe for
    eventual disaster.
    Roger Abell [MVP], Dec 20, 2006
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  3. Tom C.

    David Reed Guest

    Dear Sir,

    You sound like you have a lot of experience with Desktop Authority and
    Security Explorer.

    I am currently using DA 7.5. I anticpate purchasing SE in the next few

    I'd be curious about how much there is to do with DA and SE, and wondered if
    we might exchange some messages? I've been using DA for over a year now,
    but I know I'm not using it to its fullest potential.


    (PS...anyone know of any ScriptLogic newsgroups?)
    David Reed, Dec 26, 2006
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