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Add User as Local Admin to his/her machine only -- Restricted Groups GPO is already in place

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So what I am looking to do is be able to add single domain user to be a local administrator of his/her workstation and only his/her workstation

Environment --
Windows Server 2008 domain, Windows 7 Enterprise workstations.
Currently use Restricted Groups GPO to set mydomain\Domain Admins, Administrator and mydomain\Support Staff as local admins on all workstations.

I need to be able to add mydomain\JoeUser as a local admin of his workstation and mydomain/JaneUser as a local admin of her workstation but not vice versa.  I do not want JoeUser to be an admin of JaneUser's workstation or any other workstation on the domain.

Any ideas on how I can do this effectively without having to create a new OU and GPO for each workstation that I need to assign a single local admin to?

Thank you in advance
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Top Expert 2012
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This topic here goes over Audience Targeting in Windows 2008.  This might be what you're looking for to accomplish this task:

http://nexus.realtimepublishers.com/content/?tip=creating-targeting-and-applying-group-policy-preferences

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xDUCKx -- thanks I will look this over and see if I can make it work for what I need.

It may be tomorrow before I know if this works or not but I will post back.

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xDUCKx -- Thanks; but i couldn't find a way to use the audience targeting for adding users to the local administrators group.  It does not seem to be available with the Restricted Groups GPO.

Thank you,
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Top Expert 2013
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You can do it through group policy preferences, you can "add the current user" via the user configuration portion.  See the screenshot from my lab

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Thanks

Mike

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Great info.

xDuckx -- sorry for my ignorance

Mike -- Thanks for the screen shot!

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