Legacy programmes that require Administrator access on a Windows 2003 SBS R2 / XP network
Posted on 2007-08-01
Server: Windows SBS 2003 R2 Domain Controller
Client computers: XP machines
We have a number of programmes that require administrator access to be run (yes, it's very annoying). We've contacted the developers, and they do not intend to fix this problem. This seems to be run-of-the-mill for accounting types software. Unfortunately, our users still need to use this software.
Solutions we've tried in the past have been monitoring the installing of the software on a clean computer, then granting the users read/write/modify access to all installed files. This solution is long, tedious, and doesn't always work. And you have to do it again with every new release of the software (which is quite often in the tax industry).
Another possible solution might be to grant that programme elevated privileges, so that even though the users themselves are restricted the programme runs as "administrator". Is this possible? A requirement of this solution would obviously be no extra user-interaction. i.e. a box doesn't popup saying "run as administrator?".
If the above is possible, that would save a lot of time. Otherwise, does anyone else have any suggestions to our problem?