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Is there a way to setup up Permissions so regular users can update antivirus daily but not be able to install stuff?

Posted on 2008-10-11
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I have workstations and vpn remote users with laptops. They can't update their virus protection software or other installed software on their machines. The remotes and local workstations are on a windows 2003 server domain with active directory. Can these users still be restricted so they don't delete or cause havoc to their machines the way they are currently, and somehow give them permisssions to update existing software on the machine? (Such as Anti virus, etc..) The workstations are all windows xp.
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by:flipmedia
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Hi,
Could you please explain what type of antivirus you are using there.If its a corporate antivirus,i am sure that you can update the clients centrally by pushing the updates form the server itself,without changing the access restrictions of the users.
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by:wolfcamel
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the antivirus services should run as local administrator, and hence be able to self update
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by:FTGE
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does this mean assign the user as an administrator on their local machine not through active directory? Doesn't this give them rights to install foreign software as well? Isn't their some sort of group policy setting that could be made instead?
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No, you don't need to allow the user as an administrator.  Antivirus software suppose to be push out to all machine in your organisation through AD (I assume).  Update will be push out from the Central Server through GPO (at my workplace) base on computer not user therefore it has nothing to do with user rights.  The user doesn't need to do anything, they don't even know when will the update install on their PC.  And the best way is push out these update to desktop during night time.
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