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Allow users to install apps without adding them as Domain Admins

Posted on 2009-03-30
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Is there a way to add permissions for certain users/groups only to install applications without adding them to the domain admins group?

I found the following page http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/18348?page=2 and saw "Ommer"'s responces, but cant make complete sense of them.

Whats the best way of doing this? If it is a script, please provide detailed information as I am not good at scripting.
Thanks!
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by:Joseph Daly
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To allow users to install software on their machines they only need to be an administrator on that machine. They do not need to be a domain admin.
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by:romerica
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On the local machine or the domain?
Ive tried adding them as an admin in the domain w/ no luck - unless I missed something..

Could you please provide the steps? Also this is for more than one user/group. Is there a way to automate that process w/o touch each computer via GPO, etc?
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To add users to the admin group via script

Set a startup script in group policy with the following line:
NET localgroup Administrators /add "domain_name\domain_group"
Once your computer is joined to the domain, place the computer in the proper OU (where your startup script lies) and reboot. (Or preconfigure your ADUC with the computername in the proper OU)


Or through group policy
http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Securing-Local-Administrators-Group-Every-Desktop.html
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by:romerica
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hm.. Cant get it to work either way.
For your script, I added it to the Users Logon part of the GPO and
NET localgroup Administrators /add "budbeach\local admin" saved as a batch file..
Also restarted the computer numerous time and ran gpupdate /force  numerous times of both the DC and the PC..
the user is called "test" and is a member of the "local admin" group in the domain

Going to an account that DOES have admin priveleges, I can see that it did indeed add the "budbeach\local admin" group to the local administrators group..

Any thoughts?
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by:Joseph Daly
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Try running it as a startup script rather than a logon script. Running it as a logon script will run it under the user context running it as a startup script it will run under the system context.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb742536.aspx
Look for this part "We have a test lab with 10 computers that five developers use. The developers need Administrators rights on any machine they log on to, and the computers are constantly being reloaded. How can we do this? "
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by:romerica
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Ack! still no go..I removed that group manually from the local computer and retried, it does not show up under the local admin accounts after repeating those steps for a startup script and restarting the pc 2x and logging on to that user.

Do I need to add the computer to the group or the user??
See attached to ensure I have it configured correctly
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