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Why does it seem that unless I assign my roaming users administrative access to each client machine they log on to, some software - especially Outlook, generates errors and wont open???
Seems to distroy the point of roaming as I have to go and add the users to each individual client machine they wish to roam to???

Can anyone help

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by:mikeleebrla
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can you explain more about your setup please.
what OS are your clients?
what version of outlook?
are they connected to exchange or what? what version ?

when you say YOU have to add the users to each individual client what do you mean?  do you log on as admin and set them up?  If so what do you set up and change for them to get it to work as youd like?

I think the problem is that Oulook needs to install "something" the first time these users log on and since they dont have local admin rights they obviously can't install it.  Was outlook installed from CD or network share onto these computers?
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by:KevNet
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Windows XP professional
Outlook 2002
Exchange server 2003

Basically instead of the users being able to roam freely amoung the client computers, I have to go to each client machine, log on as administrator and add each domain user to each client machine.
If I dont do this when a user logs on to a client, outlook generates errors and wont start at all.
I think this may have something to do with the roaming users requiring administrative access to the clients to be able to write to the registry hive HKEY_CURRENT_USER???
I just want to be able to setup a user and thats it, they can logon anywhere without errors.

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Oh and outlook was installed by manual disks to the clients
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"log on as administrator and add each domain user to each client machine".----do you mean you add them to the local administrator group??

do you have a problem adding all of your users to the local admin group?  This will solve alot of other problems such as poorly written 3rd party apps often require local admin rights just to RUN the program.  But of course this will give your users alot of access if you dont have them locked down via GPOs.


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by:KevNet
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yes add to local administrators group on the machines.
I dont have a problem with implementing locked down GPO's thats something i'm currently working on.
I just want to give the local admin access out in a more quickly distributed way? rather than running around giving a user admin access to each of the machines he may possibly logon to
Perhaps create a security group called say 'Roaming', and get this administrative local access on all the clients, I would then only have to add the users to the roaming group to give them local admin access to all the clients???
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I just dont want to do the running about diff offices, can I assign all the roaming group as local administrator on all machines using Group Policy or a script??
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the point is that we are talking about LOCAL secuirty account, meaning that security group called say 'Roaming', and get this administrative local access on all the clients.  you would have to put the "roaming" security group in the local admin group of every machine for this to work.  

There are two ways you can do this.

1.  you dont have to phycially go around to every machine. you can connect to remote computers via MMC and access the local users and groups console of every  PC remotely.  so it could all be done from one compter while you were logged in with a domain admin account.  Of course this would still take a long time if you have alot of computers on your network.

2.  I have seen a solution (on this website i think)  that automatically adds domain users to the local admin group of computers that are a member of the domain,  which is what you need.  Let me look around and see if i can find it.  
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