Windows Server 2003 Question

I have a 2003 domain and I would like to prevent users from updating software on the computer. E.g. adobe update, java, windows update etc.
Any updates should be prompted with a password. Is that a feature of windows or a third party software??
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Shahnawaz AhmedTechnical Services SpecialistCommented:
Dear Falcon

You can use Group policy which restrict windows Installer use for a user.


1. Click Start > Run. This opens the Run dialog box.
2.Type gpedit.msc in the "Open" text box in the Run dialog, and then click the "OK" button. This opens the Group Policy Editor.
3. Click to expand Administrative Templates > Windows Components under the Computer Configuration icon in the left-side navigation panel, and then click to select "Windows Installer." This opens the Windows Installer view in the right-side pane.
4. Double-click on "Prohibit User Installs" in the right-side pane. This opens the Prohibit User Installs Properties dialog box.
5. Click to select the radio box next to "Enabled," and then click to select the "Prohibit User Installs" option in the "User Install Behavior" drop-down menu. Click the "Apply" button, and then click the "OK" button to complete the process.

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FalconTwoAuthor Commented:
Do you run this from the server?

Also if I (The admin) wants to  install/run update I am assuming I have to login to that machine?

I once saw on a computer where a login prompt prompt appeared if the login individual wants to install the software. Is it possible to get the restriction with a login prompt, so some the proper credentials is entered, the update can proceed

Paul SDesktop Support Manager / Network AdministratorCommented:
what is the client OS version? Are these client users administrators or normal users on thir PCs?
The feature you are looking for is available by default on win vista and above
Because User Access Controls (UAC) are enabled by default on these machines for standard users unless you disable them explicitly which prompt for elevation (admin username and password to do installation)

Windows updates will be controlled with GPO and with WSUS GPO you are forcing computers to sync with WSUS servers only
FalconTwoAuthor Commented:
Using windows 7 pro
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