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Posted on 2004-09-14
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when I create a new user in the workstation(WXP) from control panel---->user account, then it ask me for a user account and domain name, I fill out those text boxes then in the next window in the group membership I choose administrators.

My questions is what are the privileges of this membership(administrators) compared to the others.
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by:Yan_west
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Administrator has full access to every feature on your XP system. (Locally, not on the network). You can install application, change all settings in the control pannel, delete critical files. You can do everything.

Power Users can still install some software.. but it doesnt always work very well, they also have some restricted access to different windows components..
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by:Yan_west
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Here is a good explanation of the different groups:

http://www.techtutorials.com/tutorials/xp/managing_groups.shtml
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by:Chuckbuchan
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if I leave the group membership for a user as administartor, is there any other way in group policy, where can I do more restrictions, like preventing the user(administrator) from installing software and downloading software and networkplace browsing limitation, I mean instead of letting him browse the entire network, I would like to limit him just for some few places.
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by:Yan_west
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Yes, you can still do that via Group Policies on your domain controller.. Local administrator doesnt mean administrator of all the network :)..
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by:Chuckbuchan
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You know in GPO, there are thousands of snap-ins, is there any direction where to get to the right snap-in to configure that.
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by:Yan_west
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Go on your domain controler

open active directory users and computers, right click your domain, properties..

click the group policy tab, and edit the domain policy. go to user configuration, and open administrative templates. Then browse around.. Btw, if you change it there, it will apply it too all users on your domain. If you want only to apply it to 1 user, or a group of user, right click you domain, and create a new OU, (organizational UNIT). After, move the desired users in it. After, right click the OU, properties, go to the Group policy tab, and do the same thing that you do for your entire domain. You may have to create a new template.. just click new to do it.
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by:Chuckbuchan
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I went there before, but I looked for a bunch of snap-ins and didn't find the one I was looking for. to prohibit the software downloads from internet, prohibit software installation from CD, Floppy drive, and limiting the user to browse only a limited area of the network.

When I get the respective snap-ins then I will think about how to group users.
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by:Chuckbuchan
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I went to user configuration-------->Administrative template
I looked on the following nodes:
Start menu and Task bar
Desktop
Active desktop
Active directory

but they don't have exactely what I needed
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By the way, to prohibit software download and internet usage you'll need a sofware like this.. more like a proxy, or an internet gateway..

http://www.surfcontrol.com/products/web/
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by:Chuckbuchan
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We have a watchguard firewall on the network for filtering and web blocking. Is the surfcontrol has an option to prohibit the download for specific users  or groups?
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Yes it has.. you can even limit browsing hours, browsing by IP, Mac address, Machine name, user name­. You can specify the type of download you want to allow.. You can forbid EXE download, but accept .doc, or mp3.. or you can disable everything. You can also prohibit people from going to certain categories of sites.. You can block streaming, or allow only streaming during certain hours..

The possibilities are limitless. :)
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by:Chuckbuchan
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what does Watchguard firewall has and Surfcontrol doesn't and vice-versa, because It wouldn't make sense to have them both for the purpose of doing the same job.

well, what about prohibiting users from installing software through CDs and floppy drives. there should be a GPO that takes care of this, but I couldn't find it.
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Watchguard is a firewall, and does other things too, but is not specialized.

Surfcontrol does Internet Management/control, filters, Give you the ability to do reports on the internet usage of your users, and let you control ALL aspects of their internet usage.. you can also block access to certain ressources on your network via it.


Prevent access to drives from My Computer via gpo
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/gp/340.asp
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