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i have windows 2003 servers in an active directory domain -  i don't want to allow a few users from being able to add any software - unfortunately - i can't keep the users out of the local admin account. i was assuming i could accomplish this through group policies - however - when i was poking around in group policies i didn't see how i could keep people from adding software - what am i missing?
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You really need to lock down the local accounts. I'd remove all but guest & admin account with a password.
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Note you can let users have local accounts as long as they are not admins
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we have a software package that requires the user to be the local admin, that is why i said

"i can't keep the users out of the local admin account"
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If the users are local admins they can bypass any restricted polciy you set on that computer. You can look into third party software like DeepFreeze

http://www.faronics.com/en/Products/DeepFreeze/DeepFreezeEducation.aspx
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You can use software restriction policies   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457006.aspx  in Windows 7 it is improved and known as applocker.

Thanks

Mike
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thank you
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