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Posted on 2006-10-28
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I have 6 computers that logon to a server.   With the computers/users that logon to the server, I have noticed that the computer/user is unable to download updates from MS or is unable to install programs... they also don't have permission to change network settings and have no access to a variety of places in their respective desktops... unless I assign the user as a Enterprise Admin.  Then they can do all they want with the workstation.  How can I change it so that the group USERS can have auto updates from MS and be able to install apps on their workstation?

Thank you!
Dave
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by:oBdA
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You can add the users to the *local* Administrators group on the desktops; either the respective domain user accounts, or the Domain Users group. The latter is a bad idea for security reasons, though. In general, it's a security risk to let users install software on their machines, unless they know exactly what to do. Otherwise, you'll soon find your network crawling with worm, virus and trojan that's living out there.
As far as the MS updates are concerned, you can configure auto updates to download and install automatically, so the users don't need to be admins just to keep the machines updated.
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by:Roger_Doger
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Would I beable to edit the defaul group policy where I can edit system services to auto start and select the level of permission?
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by:oBdA
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To achieve what exactly? If your users need to be able to install software, they need to be local administrators; the main question is whether they in fact *do* need to be able to install software.
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by:Roger_Doger
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Look, I am learning to use Server 2003, and I have 5 good friends and family members that are using the machines.  Some need to be able to install software for whatever reason... of which I don't care.  I just want to know if I can allow or disallow the installation of software, auto updates, etc through editing the default policy so that these permissions can be granted when someone logs onto the server as a member of the "USERS' group.

Also, the users are members of the local administrators group on their repsective machines.  On each machine they are members of "Administrators"
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by:oBdA
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Okay, if the users are members of the local Administrators group, they should be able to do everything they want on the machine. Just make sure that the domain user accounts you've given them are members of the Administrators group, not maybe local accounts of the same name.
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by:Roger_Doger
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Just to verify... when my brother logins into his account he always logins into the domain as bjacobs and the domain is HazardCo.  The computer name is FrontOffice.  How do I know if his domain user account is a member of the administrator group?  
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Right-click "My Computer" on his machine, choose "Manage", go to User Management\Local Groups, and check if the "HazardCo\bjacobs" is listed as member of this group. There should be a little globe behind the head icon, too (instead of a little computer, like the Administrator account).
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