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Non-Local Admin users to install software

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I have a Windows 2008 Active Directory and Windows 2007 clients.

I will like to give some users the ability to install SOME applications without giving them local admin rights, i.e. flash updates, adobe updates.

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
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Question by:Silver_Power
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John Hurst earned 500 total points
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Short of using something like Beyond Trust for granular control of permissions, I don't think you can do this with native Windows 7. See the vendor's Beyond Trust site below:

http://www.beyondtrust.com/PowerBroker-Desktops-Windows-Edition.aspx?section=PowerBroker-Desktops-Windows-Edition

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by:tsaico
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You can give them the power user group, but it has been depreciated in Windows Vista+, but it is for backward compatibility reasons, and usually doesn't work for the manner you are thinking.
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by:Detlef001
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You can achieve this by like have some on ADD on rights to the AD . Manually you can achieve this and thus this can be utilize.Giving rights to all of the AD user and objects.

Have a look at this link for the same

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc786285(v=ws.10).aspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc786658(v=ws.10).aspx

Moreover according to me Unless you have software that requires it, and you have no option to get around it, there is no reason to give end users local admin rights.

The big issue is installing software that isn't approved, leading to slower performance, non-work activities performed during work hours, larger potential for virus infection.

I guess to answer your question with a question: What pros do YOU think you'll be gaining.

Thanks.
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by:Silver_Power
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Hello Detle001,

We are trying to create a folder of "allowable software" that will give users the ability to install those software on demand.  

I definitely do not want to go the "local Admin" route to prevent abuse.
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by:John Hurst
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I definitely do not want to go the "local Admin" route to prevent abuse

Of course. So try out the Beyond Trust approach.

... Thinkpads_User
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by:tsaico
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Oh, also meant to mention if you are just looking to update the misc. ones that ALWAYS seem to need updating,  check out
https://ninite.com/pro

It has worked well for me in various sites, especially for the adobe apps and Java.  I will almost gladly pay $200 annual to never see that damn popup...
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by:Silver_Power
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Hello Tsaico,

Is the $200.00 per device?
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by:tsaico
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No, it is a per site up to 100 devices on same subnet. Technically the pricing is 20 month for 1-100 devices.  The pricing is at the bottom of the page linked.
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by:Silver_Power
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Thanks tsaico, I will take a look and get back to you.  Do they allow a trial period?

Regards.
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by:LeeTutor
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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by:John Hurst
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The answer I gave in http://#a39715685 to use Beyond Trust is a known workable solution to this issue. Permissions to install software cannot be done natively in Windows and that was stated as well.

.... Thinkpads_User
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