Can I give Power Users Disk Management Rights in XP?

Posted on 2006-04-24
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
    I am trying to setup some stand alone Windows XP clients to allow Power Users to run Norton Ghost 2003 (from windows). Is this possible?

The stand alone clients are used to connect to machines in a manufacturing environment and need to be locked down using a security template/Local Computer Policy. I have setup Local Policies that are working correctly, but the last thing I need to do is get ghost 2003 to run for power users (these clients are used to ghost machines hard drives for backup purposes). I am up to the point where, when logged in as a power user, ghost will open but when I try and click on any option on the interface I get the message:

"Ghost failed to access your hard drives and cannot continue. Apossible reason for this is that you do not have administration privilages on this computer."

I know this is basically telling me that I need admin rights to get around this problem, but is this th eonly solution? Is there any way I can give power users disk management rights to overcome this issue?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Question by:mwildin1

    Author Comment

    Okay, if I log in as a power user and use the run as command to open a cmd prompt, I can then enter the dos command to open ghost 2003 and it all works fine. I can encrypt the open command bit so th epower users cannot see the username and password, but how do I get this all into one operation?

    I don't want the power user to have to type

    "D:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\NMain.exe" /dat:D:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost 2003\nswigho.nsi

    once the privilaged command promt is open. Any ideas?
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    Expert Comment

    I really dont see any way around that issue because in order to ghost a drive you have to have full rights to all files on the drive thus if you give them this you are giving them admin rights you see what I mean.
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    Accepted Solution

    Make a batch file for them to run

    Author Comment

    I made the batch file earlier to test this, but it kept failing :(

    However, I'll go through the procedure again and you can see what I may be doing wrong here.

    First, I write a batch file called ghost.bat to run

    "D:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\NMain.exe" /dat:D:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost 2003\nswigho.nsi"

    Then I can then get my encrypted 'runas' script to call ghost.bat.

    It worked!!

    The one I tried earlier never had .bat at the end so was failing!! Thanks fo ryour help! :)
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    Expert Comment

    your welcome glad you got it to kick in

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