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Using DSAdd from a Workstation

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I have a batch script that creates user accounts in the the active directory. It uses dsadd to accomplish this. Is there any way that I can set one of my XP Pro clients up to be able to run the script and add the user(s) to the active directory. I want to give a certain user access to this script, but he does not have access to the server. He only uses the XP Pro machines. I know he has to have domain admin rights... Thanks.
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You can install the adminpak.msi from the %Systemroot%\system32 directory on your server on the XP workstation; this will give you the full set of administrative tools. Copying the ds*.exe files from the system32 folder on the server should work as well.
If you don't want to make the user a member of the domain admins, you can delegate the necessary permissions.

Delegating administration
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/dsadmin_concepts_delegate.asp

How to use Adminpak.msi to install a specific server administration tool in Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314978
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If I just copy the ds*.exe files over it will work? I thought the computer would have to be connected with the AD or something. That's pretty easy. As for the permissions, I just need to give him permission to add users to the AD, correct? Can you remind me where that setting is...? :)
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Oops. Nevermind... didn't see that link you posted.
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