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Group policy win 2008 w/ XP SP3 workstations - how to prevent users from deleting files from Drive C:?

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Group policy win 2008 w/ XP SP3 workstations - how to prevent users from deleting files from Drive C:?

It's a bit urgent, thx in advance.
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by:JAN PAKULA
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dont give them local admin rights or power user rights - just domain user rights- they shouldnt be able to delete it then

Jan MA CCNA
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by:IT_Group1
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Thx for the swift reply.
I need those users to be local admin for other reasons, is there a more elegant way?

I thought of using NTFS permissions.
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by:namanov
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Hi, you can use two way to achive this what you want.
1. You can use by Group policy, simple described here http://mcpmag.com/articles/2008/10/13/file-permissions-thru-group-policy.aspx
2. You can use startup script (which I prefer) with cacls or icacls command described here http://ss64.com/nt/cacls.html
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by:MarkieS
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You could try hiding the C: drive through Group policy

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/231289

but that's the problem with making users Local Admin.
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by:SyedJan
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NTFS permission is the best option for this scenario.
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by:Ryan McCauley
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As a different angle, can you explicitly grant the users the permissions for which they currently need local admin rights? You say they need it "for other reasons", but what other reasons are those? It may be cleaner to make the users regular domain users, and then explicitly give them the rights they need so you don't have to grant them local admin, which has any number of other implications.
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Hi experts

Any other ideas ?
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MarkieS earned 500 total points
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Hi,

The ideas given will all work depending on your scenario.

You need to give a long list of feedback against each suggestion offered, outlining reasons why the suggestion will not work.  Then work to find a resolution.

1. Group Policy to Hide C:
2. Group Policy to explicitly "Allow access" with the user as a  Domain user only
3. CALCS - Startup script
4. NTFS Permissions

In my opinion, Option 2 is the most streamline.  Make the users Domain User only and explicitly grant them rights to files/folders/registry by using Group Policy.

But if this doesnt work in your scenario you need to say why.

cheers
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