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Logon to XP workstations but can reset passwords on an 2003 domain

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We have teachers that logon to various workstations in multiple rooms but they need to have an interface each time that will enable them to reset passwords in AD. We do not want them to have admin rights or logon to the server not even using remote. Any ideas how we can make this happen so that it starts when they logon?
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by:Share-IT
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install the admin pack (adminpak.msi) on the client machines. Give them a short cut that points to dsa.msc.
Then give them the account operators rights on the AD.
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by:KCTS
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You can delegate control to them to allow them to change passwords and provide them with a custom taskpad
http://www.petri.co.il/create_taskpads_for_ad_operations.htm
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by:Chris Dent
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It depends how complicated you want  to get, and how simple it has to be for the teachers.

But you could potentially install the AdminPak on that machine which would give them AD Users and Computers. Creating a group and granting that group the "Reset Password" right on all user objects (or the ones you want them to be able to change).

Chris
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by:Chris Dent
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I would avoid Account Operators, they can create / delete accounts as well which seems more than you need?

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by:ChiefIT
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If they have to reset their password each time they logon to a different location, it sounds like they may have passwords changed while logged on from a location or two. Or maybe they have managed passwords on some of these computers.

Really, there shouldn't be much of a need to reset passwords to that extent.
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by:AndyinJapan
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Hi all,
I can install the admin pack but the issue is with that solution is there are too many PC's to install it to. I had heard of someone setting up the admin pack or at lease something like that when that certain user logon they also got the admin pack installed. I'm not sure if this worked or not...

Many thanks for all your help...
Andy
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Chris Dent earned 2000 total points
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It's an MSI file so you should be able to deploy it easily enough using Group Policy if necessary. There are instructions for doing that here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816102

The only change I'd make is that I recommend using this to manage group policy rather than trying to do it through AD Users and Computers:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0A6D4C24-8CBD-4B35-9272-DD3CBFC81887&displaylang=en

Chris
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