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Limited admin privilege on Windows 7 Pro?

Posted on 2013-01-14
Last Modified: 2013-02-14
In my organization, we have several Users outside our network so we can't use GPO to push updates on their Windows 7 Pro machine.

We want to grant these Users enough privilege to perform regular updates (Adobe, Java, Quicktime, perhaps some Windows also), without granting them full Admin rights.

Is this possible?
Question by:sandshakimi
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by:Scott C
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No, either they have rights to install programs or they don't.  You can't be specific and say they can update Java, Adobe, etc. but not others.
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ID: 38774407
a lot of remote management software such as Kaseya, and logmein will enable you to push updates/installs across the internet. The service has admin rights not the user.
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rharland2009 earned 250 total points
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The following tool might work foryou...

Website looks a little chintzy, but the software works as advertised.
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by:John Hurst
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You can set Windows updates to be automatic and they will install on a user machine on shutdown. You need to warn users about Patch Tuesday (second Tuesday or Wednesday of the month).

The other updates (Jave, Adobe, iTunes) cannot be done this way.

Look at Beyond Trust if you want a granular group policy extension to permit this.


.... Thinkpads_User

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ID: 38774537
The way we handle it is to add a domain user to the "power users" and give the account to the desktop services team.  We still have to touch machines to put username and password but at least we do less... We will not give that account out because it is like giving an administrator account out.  By the way, that account can't login to any machine at all so it is a service account only for installing applications.

Hope this helps.
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ID: 38775563
Just a comment on pr0t0c0l12: there are no power users in win7. That group only exists for compatibility reasons and no privileges are added when joining that group.

The way to go here is the aforementioned powerbroker or http://www.quest.com/privilege-manager/
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

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by:John Hurst
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Also the suggestion in http://a#38775563 is also valuable.   ... Thinkpads_User
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by:John Hurst
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I suggest split between http://#a38774535 and http://#a38775563

The first post says how to handle the situation with no third party software and both posts offer third party software with granular solutions.

.... Thinkpads_User
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I am ok with that.

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