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Posted on 2014-11-04
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Most of my windows users have the local admin access in order to properly run two major/custom applications.
This means they can also download/install other programs (including viruses) and make changes to many things.

I want to know if it is possible to limit admin access using windows or some other application?

Thanks, your help is much appreciated.
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John Hurst earned 1500 total points
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Administrators have the keys to the kingdom and uninformed administrators wreck computers.

RULE 1. No user is administrator .
RULE 2. ALL users have UAC turned on.

Not much else you can do with Windows.

You can implement Power Broker for Windows from Beyond Trust. That provides the granular approach you want, but is an add-on product to Windows and your server.

http://www.beyondtrust.com/PowerBroker-Desktops-Windows-Edition.aspx?section=PowerBroker-Desktops-Windows-Edition
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by:dlb6597
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I've been able to get many apps working by using process monitor from sysinternals/microsoft. It records all file and registry access and lets you filter on access denied. I launch process monitor, setup filters on the specific app and look for access denied in the log...then grant the appropriate permissions to those registry keys and or file locations to allow the applications to run without local admin privileges. It takes some time, but it is worth it in the end.
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by:McKnife
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If security matters to you, avoid software that requires admin accounts.
John's advice, powerbroker desktop, is capable of doing what you require, empowering standard users to use selected applications with higher privileges securely - windows alone is not.
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I will adjust the UAC settings on each workstation, and get a quote for Power Broker from Beyond Trust.
Thank you.
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@cP6uH  - Thanks for the update and you are very welcome.
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