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Installing software on a Client PC without Admin Rights

Posted on 2007-10-10
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Last Modified: 2008-05-31
This may sound like a dumb question but I want to make sure that I am doing this the best possible way.  

All of our users fall within the Domain Users group in Active Directory.  In some cases I need to install software on one or two particular client machines.  Obviously, I receive an error stating that I need administrator privileges when I try to install the software under their account.  What is the best way to install the software on the client PCs.  Should I just right-click on the .exe file and select Run As Administrator to run the installation process?

Question by:csimmons1324
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Joe earned 668 total points
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Yes, that is the best way to install software on a users computer using the Run As function. If you ever needed write permissions to the c:/ drive you could do a run as on IE, and in the browser type in c:/ enter.

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lausengdn earned 668 total points
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Yes, that will work most of the time. Sometimes you might run into software that requires the user be logged in and have admin rights to install correctly. You could make them a temporary admin in those situations and then switch them back.
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by:Kevin Hays
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Agree and if you need it on more than 1 workstation then publish the software package via group policy and then set security permissions on who should be able to install that application.  If it's an application that is probably going to be used more than 1 person then I would create the package into an MSI or if it's already in a MSI format then publish it in the GPO under the add new programs in the add/remove programs applet.

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All great responses!  Everything you guys said was what I had in mind.  However, it is nice to verify your thoughts when going through this for the first time.

If there is no objection, I will split the points among you all.

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by:Kevin Hays
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No problem here, thanks.  Have fun and good luck.


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