Rolling out permissions and groups

Our domain is running server 2K AD and our clients are a mixture of 2K and XP.  I've inherited a situation where domain users are added as local admins on all the workstations.  I'd like to remove that from each pc and then give domain users admin rights to specific folders on each pc.

Is this possible using AD, group policies and such like, or do I have to go round to each of my 50+ pc's?
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Hi DubberDan,

you can use restricted groups via GP to set the Administrator Group on each terminal back to the way it should be

as far as Admins rights on certain folders - you will need to play with the NTFS permissions and set them up manually


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I agree with Jay_Jay70 about the restricted groups, BUT they are very restrictive and must be used with great caution.  Restricted groups when applied via a GPO will remove the local groups for good, so you must be careful if you decided to use this methode and plan it out step by step, then test it on a select few.

Another alternative is to have a logon script to remove the users from the Administrators can type it as follows.

net localgroup "group name" "domain"\%username% /delete

Assuming that users can only log on with their own credentials, this will remove the user from the local admin group within the domain.

Note, this will only work on XP machines, I know you have a mixture of machines, but if the majority are XP then you can change the rest manually.  I suggest this so that you do not have to use restricted groups and change error.

Just another suggestion for you, I am not saying that Jay_Jay70's suggestion is bad.

Good luck!

if you hvae a read through the seond link, 2003 has improved restricted groups where it now doesnt replace or remove groups it appends to whatever is already there - makes life much better :)
That is great, I did not know that, I guess I have been to afraid due to all of hype in the past, sorry Jay_Jay70 and thanks for the tip.
thats cool man i only learnt it recently myself :)
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