?
Solved

Disable Local Admins From Installing Software

Posted on 2009-06-30
1
Medium Priority
?
222 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
Initially, an application we had required local admin rights.  That requirement has been changed but we in I.T. are left with the headache that it leaves behind.  We have around 200 PC's all with local admin rights.  I have two questions:

#1)  How can we change their local group membership via a group policy object (GPO)?
#2)  If number one can't be done, how can we stop local admins from installing software?

Environment info:
Windows 2003 domain w/ active directory
50% Windows 2000
50% Windows XP

Appreciate any ideas or thoughts!
0
Comment
Question by:bschwarting
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
1 Comment
 
LVL 85

Accepted Solution

by:
oBdA earned 2000 total points
ID: 24745151
You can do that with a "Restricted Groups" policy.
Using the "This group has the following members" is "desctructive", the group will have exactly tge members as defined in the policy (so don't forget to add "Administrators" and "Domain Administrators"!). This is what you'll need.
Using "This group is a member of" is "additive", the given group will be added while leaving the other members intact.

Description of Group Policy Restricted Groups
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/279301 - Similar

Updates to Restricted Groups ("Member of") behavior of user-defined local groups
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/810076 - Similar

#2 can't be achieved in a secure way. A local administrator is a local administrator, any restrictions imposed on this account can be undone. After all, that's what this account is for.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Recently, Microsoft released a best-practice guide for securing Active Directory. It's a whopping 300+ pages long. Those of us tasked with securing our company’s databases and systems would, ideally, have time to devote to learning the ins and outs…
Group policies can be applied selectively to specific devices with the help of groups. Utilising this, it is possible to phase-in group policies, over a period of time, by randomly adding non-members user or computers at a set interval, to a group f…
This Micro Tutorial hows how you can integrate  Mac OSX to a Windows Active Directory Domain. Apple has made it easy to allow users to bind their macs to a windows domain with relative ease. The following video show how to bind OSX Mavericks to …
This video shows how to use Hyena, from SystemTools Software, to update 100 user accounts from an external text file. View in 1080p for best video quality.

649 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question