local admin access defined from domain server

Posted on 2002-04-02
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Is there a way to assign local admin privilleges to users (for example install programs, configure system) using a policy on the domain controller. This is to save having to visit each machine and add local administrator privilleges for each user. I want all domain users to be able to administrate all computers on the domain except the domain controller and not to have domain admin privilleges.

Any ideas?

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Go into group policy and under both Computer Configuration and User Configuration under Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows installer, enable "Always install with elevated privlidges" and this will allow users to install programs without getting denied access.

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Thanks for you comment. I looking for full administrator privilleges, not just install privilleges. So they could do things like add new users to local machines.

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I don't think there's way to do it within Win2k itself.
However, you can write a script based on the cusrmgr.exe utility found in the Resource Kit to accomplish what you're trying to do.  You can write a script and run it using a domain admin account, and it will add Domain Users into each PC's local admin group.
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You can do it through group policy.

Computer config - Windows Settings - Security settings - Restricted groups

Just add a group in there, 'Administrators' and then add 'Domain users' to that group, by going in to the properties of 'Administrators'.

When users log in, the group policy will be applied and everyone will be local admin.

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