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How to grant access to a computer that locked it down

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A specific user in our company that unfortuantely is a domain admin locked down his computer so that he is the only administrator of the computer and the only one that can rdp into it.  This is a windows 7 computer. Is there some way to change this behind the scenes other then managing the computer as I get access denied when trying to do that as well?
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Is this machine a member of the domain or just stand alone.  If it is a domain member you can use group policies linked at the domain or OU level to override any policies he has set locally.

You can just use restricted groups and define the local admins for that box   http://www.frickelsoft.net/blog/?p=13

For a test create a test OU and move his box to it and use a GPO to add your group (or account) to the local admin on the box.

Having said that if he is a domain admin there is really nothing you can do to permanently prevent him from doing things like this because he can "undo" any change you make.

Thanks

Mike
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