We help IT Professionals succeed at work.
Get Started

Needing to lock down users to "user" or "power user" but still need to grantt specifric rights

275 Views
Last Modified: 2010-03-05
IN my location I support roughly 350 users, due to recent ISO requirements I am being forced to downgrade all users to "user" rights locally and some to "power user".  My users are Developers, programmers, System/Server Engineers, Network Engineers, Systems Support, Implementation Consultants and Service Desk users along with some Admin types and "normal" users.  Given the job function, testing requirements, troubleshooting they do and the need for installing / uninstalling software constantly Im not sure exactly how to accomplish the corporate / ISO requirements without cutting my users off at the knees?

Can users install updates (Windows, Adobe, etc) or plugins to IE / Firefox like Java (our products use multiple versions of Java)?  I believe Power Users will be able to install these updates and Java versions since I do not believe they modify any system files.  What are the exact limitations between User, Power User rights?

Other users will need to install our company products for use or testing, will need to be able to use Desktop Streaming for client support.  Others yet need development tools or the ability to configure their systems to mimic client systems for troubleshooting.  I have been considering options like making sub OU's with certain rights, local Security policies or even VMWare or similar virtual desktop solutions.  The VM solutions seems like an easy choice on paper but I think this opens everything back from a security perspective (an Admin VM session would have the same rights / network access as having local Admin rights).

What kind of solution should I implement to satisfy all of my requirements and needs?
Comment
Watch Question
IT Technical Engineer
Commented:
This problem has been solved!
Unlock 1 Answer and 13 Comments.
See Answer
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE