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Custom delegation in Active Directory

Posted on 2011-02-22
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Dear All,

I’m looking to delegate some work for a group of Helpdesk engineers, I need help to do the following:
1- Give this group permission to create users, rest password, add/remove users from groups, edit user’s info & join/disjoin computers from domain.

2- How I can do a custom Active Directory user & Computer console so the helpdesk engineers will see only a certain OU in the active directory.

Note: I have windows 2008 R2 Active Directory.

Thanks
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The most simple way for that is placing HelpDesk group into built-in "Account Operators" group within a domain. Then they will be able to manage all those things you mentioned above. Of course they won't be able to reset/unlock domain admins and cannot change "Domain Admins" group etc.

If you wish to allow them only particular OU, I would suggest delegate rights to that OU using delegation wizard.

When you decide to add them into "Account Operators" group, you shouldn't hide any OU. I don't recommend hidding OUs because if a user has no appropriate rights, cannot do anything except read object.

Regards,
Krzysztof
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I would stay away from using built-in groups. You could give the group full control of users objects in a specific OU or finer control to only what you want using the delegation wizard.

You can give them permissions to add computer through a GPO.

You can create a taskpad view of an OU

http://www.petri.co.il/create_taskpads_for_ad_operations.htm
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Forgot to post this link. This is why I would not recomend using the built-in groups. It may be giving the users more rights than they need to have

http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Built-in-Groups-Delegation.html
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