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SBS 2003:  Domain Admin is required for clients (users) to do anything...why?

Posted on 2004-08-30
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Hi All,

Can someone explain to me what the difference between Domain Admin, Domain Power User, Local Administrator, and Administrator are on a Windows 2003 SBS domain?

It seems that my users must be Domain Admins to even get the properties of a shortcut on the desktop (for example).  Confused.

Thanks,
Terry
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by:What90
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Hello Terry,

Domain Admin = total control of network - only network admins should have these
Domain Power User = have more that standard user right to network system
Local Administrator = Total control of the local machine
Administrator = generalisation

What excatly are you trying to achive? If the users are part of the Domain Users group they should be able to create a shortcut on their desktop unless a Group Policy is blocking them.


Post back with some more details.

Chris
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Housenet earned 250 total points
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Hello,
Here is the deal...
The Domain provides pre-defined groups and users as part of a security context that is central.
PC's and non-domain server have local users and groups.
-When a PC or Server (non dc) join a domain the domain's security context does not eliminate the Local security context, it merges with it. The right combination of domain groups having rights to local resources provides flexable security options based on user and or group membership.

When a PC running NT (NT4,2000 orXP) is joined to a domain, by default the domain controller adds domain administrators to local administrators on the PC and adds the domain users to the local pc users group. If you combine this restrictive set of permissions with a shortcut that also has some security settings assigned you get the results you described.  The solution is this...
1. Log in to the PC as say the domain administrator.
2. Add the group Domain Users to the LOCAL\Administrators.
3. Login as a domain user... The domain user will now have full control of the local PC.
-This is an example... Adding domain users to Power users might be sufficient for your needs and will not allow a user to add new applications that can affect the stability of windows.
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by:colepc
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Housenet, a belated thanks for your advice.  I've come back to this for a second dose.  Thanks, again!
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