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removing all domain users from the local admin group

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hello all...
we have and domain network consisting of around 600-700 desktops/laptops in various locations. i have seen some of the users are given the local admin rights and it is a tough job for me to remove the rights going to each and every desktop/laptop. is there any solution, using GPO, deploying Scripts and other.please help me out.

thanks in advance
Eswar

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The part you are looking for in the above thread is to use Restricted Groups in the group policy. It adds and removes membership to exactly match what you want, which is probably local administrator and domain admins.
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In order to do this without screwing up any servers, you need to make sure all your PCs are located in a separate OU (or OUs) - note that the default Computers container is NOT an OU.

Once that is done, create and link a new GPO to this OU (or multiple OUs)
Drill into the GPO settings to:
Computer Config>Windows Settings>Security Settings
Right click on Restricted Groups and select Add Group
Type in the name manually - Administrators
Press Ok.
On the next property sheet - in the top pane (Members of this Group), press Add.
Manually type in Administrator, then press OK.
Repeat the Add process, this time Browse to the Domain Admin group.
Press OK to compete then OK once more to make it happen.

Allow it time to hit the workstations.

Keep in mind now that this policy ENFORCES membership of the local Administrators group to only what you selected above.  Which means, anyone else that is added locally on the machine will be removed at new policy refresh (about every 90 minutes).  If you require local people to have Admin rights to certain machines, then you'll have to split up the machines into different OUs so you can apply different Restricted Group policies to each grouping of machines.

Hope this helps.
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Have you also considered preventing users from loging on locally group policy object?
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