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Assigning local admin rights to users through a group in AD?

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I would like to assign users to a AD group that has admin rights, so when they log in on their own pc's they have rights to load software etc. I do not want to set up each user on each pc. Trying to find a way to push the admin rights to users for local admin, or enough rights to load software, etc.
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Are you familiar with creating and assigning Group Policies?
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Yes, but can you do local level pc admin rights through there? I do not want domain level rights
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You can create a unique "local Admin" AD security group and add the users you want to install software into this "local Admin" group. In each computer, add the AD "local Admin" group into the computer's Administrators group. Repeat this for each computer you want users to install software on their own or use a GPO (Group Policy) to apply this policy to the computers.

You can automatically script this "local Admin" AD group to each computer as well, this tutorial will show you how:
Add AD User/Group to Local Administrator Group
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You can also use Computer Configuration in a GPO to add a single, local account with administrative rights on each system. The password will of course be the same initially, but you can force the users to change it on first logon and instruct them to set it to something only they know.
This will allow them to log off of the network as a standard user, then log back in with a local account to make system changes, install drivers, install software, etc.
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