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Enable users in domain / local users group to be able to install update for installed programs only

Posted on 2011-02-13
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Is there any way of enabling domain users to be able to install updates to already installed software ( such as Adobe reader / flash ) where they would normally have no access to do this on their local pc. I am not wanting to put them into the power users group locally either.

so basically what i am looking for is a way to do the following...

1. A User ( domain user ) can install updates for existing software ( which has been installed with a local admin account ), but cannot install new software.

cheers

bruce


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Hi,

this is very often asked question :) But answer is unfortunately sad for you. No, there is no option to allow users installing programs/updates without local administrator rights :(

Many of those programs/updates not only installs components into Program Files folder but modify also registry hives. And of course for security reason it's  not possible to do by regular users.

Your only way is to manage this stuff by yourself or junior administrator or (what is not suggested) add users into local administrator group.

Regards,
Krzysztof
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Using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/configuration-manager.aspx) you can prepare update packages for installed software which users then can install without administrator privileges.
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Oh well... guess that answers my question! - set aside maintenance hours :( - cheers for your help

bruce
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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You're welcome :)
Wish you luck

Krzysztof
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