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Permissions to install software on Domain Computers

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I am looking to grant our Helpdesk team enough permissions on domain computers to install software.  Currently they need to have a Domain Admin enter credentials.  Is there an AD group I can add them to that will allow us to grant this permission without giving them too much or do I need to start adding the helpdesk group to power users on the workstations?
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by:brb6708
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Just give them domain admin rights  and take away rights for domain admins from shares / files that you won't them to be able to access

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by:purplecables
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That is not an option.  We do not want them RDP'ing into servers or doing all of the other things Domain Admins do.  I'm pretty sure best practices is not to just give Helpdesk employees Domain Admin rights.
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by:CHutchins
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You can build a GP to add them as local administrators to all PC's, But the Domain admin is th eonly one I know with the needed rights without building a new group.
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I would create a domain group called HelpDesk Support  and add it to the local Administrators group of the PCs. Don't give them Domain Admins privileges, that is too much.
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by:KenMcF
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You will need to give them domainn admin rights for this. Why are they installing software on a doamin controller anyways?
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by:NotVeryFat
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Is an option to simply set the LOCAL admin passwords the same for all PCs (different to servers), which can be done via a script, and then let the Helpdesk guys know just this password. Invariably even 1st line Helpdesk guys need to be trusted with local admin passwords for PCs.
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by:CHutchins
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Yes it is possible, but why not just as was mentioned create a group and using GPO add the group as local admins.

Te settings would need to be applied to the Computer Group OU and then the computers settings side of GP.  I just can't remember off the top of my head the exact commands/locations.  It is not a script I used it is a setting.. thought I imagine a script has been made in the past.
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This is an adequate solution
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