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Could anyone please tell me how to set up a user in a Windows 2000 network. I can set the user up on the server, but the problem I have then is that the user cannot install software/printers without logging out and I have to log on as administrator to complete the install. The users show on the network and in the right groups but O don't know where to change the settings to let them install their own software.

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Gary
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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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Why do you want your computers to have serious virus and malware (spyware/adware) infections?

That's what usually happens when you give users admin rights.  Users are not given the ability to install software and other such things for a reason.

Recently, I had a client that wanted all their users (20+) to be able to install software.  So, I did what the client asked, reluctantly.  Then, a couple weeks later, I got called back to deal with a machine that wasn't on the network.  Turned out, it was SO infected with spyware and adware, that it took me 3 hours to fully clean it - some things installed themselves as services and I couldn't remove them easily even in safe mode.  When I finally got it clean, they asked me how they could prevent this in the future.  I told them - users should NOT be running their computers as Administrators.  Doing so opens them up to problems like this.  Altogether, I charged then $900 first to clean the system then to reset all system so users WEREN'T admins.

That aside, if you insist, simply put the "domain users" group into the local administrators group on each workstation.  Your user can then do anything they want, just like 9x - crash the system install software, unwittingly install spyware, let viruses go nuts, whatever.
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Thanks for that. Could you just confirm for me though, that the rights of the individual signing on to the network doesn't overide the machine settings???

Gary
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How do you mean?  Can you give an example?
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So if I give someone administrator rights on the network, does that give them admin rights on the computer they sign in on and allow them to install printers/programs.
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Generally yes.  By default all workstations that are members of the domain list "Domain Admins" as administrators in the local Administrators group. It is possibly that someone could remove Domain Admins from the local admins group, then the domain admin WOULD NOT have admin access to that system.
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Thanks for that..

Appreciated

Gary
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