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Creating an MSI using the MMC for MS Exchange for Admin Assts

Posted on 2007-03-27
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Greetings, we recently migrated to MS Exchange 2003 and we would like to split off some of administrative responsibilities to a few administrators.  We would like the admins only to be able to add a contact and let the contact they created join a group.  So I was tinkering around with AdminTool Pak and was able to create an MSI that would let me bring up all of AD, when I only want them to see a specific folder and not the entire AD where they could make changes to users accounts and passwords.

Any help is greatly appreciated!!!!

Bodachs
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by:fpthree
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You'll want to define that in a Group Policy, and add those Administrators to a restricted group.
I believe that's the answer you'd be looking for, unless I am misunderstanding the question.
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Unless you're refering to re-packaging the 2003 Admin Pak?
In which you're attempting to remove certain .mmc's from the package?
Which honestly, doesn't promote security unless they're restricted from the Internet or installing
software from removable storage devices. Which then limits an administrators abililty to administrate anything. :)
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Yes it is with 2003 SR 2 and there will be no installing software or internet activity.  Thanks for replying.  Will wait for more answers and kick the tires with Group Policies before I close the thread.
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Well the few things that you will need and need to know if you want to go that route are the following:
An MSI editor, I prefer to use Wise Package Studio.
Then you'll need to be familiar with editing features, products, tables and components.
What I like to do is edit the installer directly and simply disable features such as; in your case,
selected consoles. If  you want I can package the product for you, and deliver it via site download.
I'll post the link for you, the msi would weigh in at about 12mb.
Explination of the packaging process is *shrugs* kind of timely.
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Hmm.. I still think you're going to NEED to go the route of Group Policies or an ADM template of some sort.
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