Windows Server 2003 Group Policy - Security Settings, Restricted Groups and File System
Posted on 2009-05-16
OK, couple issues but both related to group policy. First let me start by saying I FINALLY did what should have been done a long time ago and tightened up security at the workstations. I am ashamed to admit it, but all users were local admins.
Anyway, I have an application that dynamically updates a file that the developer put in of all places the WINDOWS folder (%SYSTEMROOT%). I want to allow users to be able to have write privileges - otherwise obviously this app will not work and unfortunately it's a critical app.
Second, I want a very small subset of people to have admin (power users preferrably) right to all of my workstations to assist with software installs.
So here is the problem - I used a GPO to apply the %SYSTEMROOT% write access to users via FILE SYSTEM part of the policy (I just chose Domian Users - not sure if that's a good choice but it was all inclusive). I also created a security group and added the few "privileged users" to it and then used the RESTRICTED GROUPS policy setting to let this new group and DOMAIN ADMINS have rights to the LOCAL ADMINS group on my workstations.
The problem I have is that these security settings (like password settings) can only be applied through the default domain policy. This policy, of course, applies to every computer in the domain - servers too - and I obviously don't want all users to have write access to the SYTEMROOT directory on my servers, nor do I want the 5 people in that group to be admins on my servers!!!
Is there a better way to do this in an "automated" manner or am I just SOL and will have to visit each workstation. We're only talking 40 computers, but I'm still waiting for all these Microsoft classes to pay off here!!!! Any help would be appreciated.