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Setting Admin rights for a User on workstation only

I have an application that requires the User to have Admin rights on his computer.  Actually the tech support person for the software said I had to give them Admin rights on the network.......obviously I didn't want to do that.  I have done what I know about giving them Admin rights to the local workstation, and every place I check, it shows he does have them.  However, when I try to test his Admin rights, I always get a message telling me this user doesn't have enough rights.  I have even gone into Active Directory, and in "Properties" under "Account", gave him the permission to LOG IN to his "computer name".  I have been fooling with this for 2 days now, and cannot figure out what I am doing wrong.   Please help!!!!
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charris955
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scampgbCommented:
Hi charris955,
You need to make sure that this user is a member of the local "Administrators" group.

How you do this will depend on the OS.
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scampgbCommented:
In Win XP:
Right-click My Computer
Manage
Navigate to "Local Users & Groups" > Groups

You'll see a group called "Adminstrators".  Open that up and add the user's account in there.
You can add the user's domain accout so that they simply log into the PC as normal, but have admin rights over the PC.
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charris955Author Commented:
Windows OS, and he is a member of the Administrators group.
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charris955Author Commented:
scampgb

that is exactly what I did.......still doesn't have admin rights
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charris955Author Commented:
Do you have anymore suggestions?
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scampgbCommented:
Erm - that doesn't make much sense...

Just to check:
You've added the user's Domain account into the local "Administrators" group on the PC
You've got the user to log out and back in again
You're trying to install the software and it says they're not an administrator?

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charris955Author Commented:
Yes, I right clicked on My Computer, then Manage.  Under Groups his user name is there, and under users he is showing to be a member of the Admin Group.
Yes, I have logged him out and back in many times, but he is definitely getting Administrative rights.  Can't even delete a shortcut icon when he is logged in.
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scampgbCommented:
OK, can you please go to a command prompt on the PC and type:
net user <username> /DOMAIN

where <username> is the name of the user.
It should display what local groups that user is a member of.  Does it say that they're a member of Administrators?
Also - are you sure the user is logging on to the PC with their domain account, not a local one?
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charris955Author Commented:
I am logged on his computer right now as myself, so I can't do the "net user" command without logging out, and loosing you, but if I remember correctly I did that yesterday and I believe it did show that he was a member of Admin.

Your question about logging on to the PC with their domain account, not a local one.  I don't think it matters which way he is logged in.  There are two options when he loggs in, and one us using domain name as his "machine name", and the other is to log onto our network domain.  Normally I am loggin him into the network domain, but I did try at one point just logging him in to his machine to install the software, and was still unsucessfull.  Is this the answer you were looking for?
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scampgbCommented:
charris955:
> There are two options when he loggs in, and one us using domain name
> as his "machine name", and the other is to log onto our network domain.

Right - each one of those is actually a different account, and could explain some of the confusion.

You're best making sure that he uses his domain account to log in, and that it's the domain account thats a member of the Local "Administrators" group on the PC.
I suggest that you do the "net user" test again - just to make sure.

If that shows that he's a member of the local admin group, can you please let me know exactly what error you get when you try to do an administrative task?
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charris955Author Commented:
OK - will do, and when I log back on I will come back to this site, and give you the results.
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charris955Author Commented:
scampgb

i didn't log in as the user yet and try to do an install, because I thought that maybe the following information would help you.
When I did a net user <username>  it showed : Local Group Membership - Administrators
and it showed Global Group Membership: None

Then when I did a net use <username> /domain it showed:
Local Group Membership:   was blank
Global Group Membership:  Domain Users, Office, World, Project Managers

Does this tell you anything?
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adamdrayerCommented:
1. log out and log in as the domain administrator
2. In control panel, double-click "users and passwords"
3. Delete all references to the user
4. Create a new instance of the user with your his username and the network domain (NT NetBIOS version, not DNS/FQDN)
5. Select "Other".  Administrators should be selected by default

now log out and log in as the user attaching to the network domain, and see what happens
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charris955Author Commented:
Woohooooo !!!!  That worked and also cleared up another problem I was having with printing.  Thanks so much.
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adamdrayerCommented:
ayyyyy. no problem.  glad to help out.
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