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Lock down users on one machine using GP. Permit same users more rights on another machine. On same domain. Possible?

Posted on 2014-11-13
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hi guys

We have a domain and would like to lock down a group of users to a particular server. However, we need those same users to be granted more rights for installing/configuring on a different server which sits on precisely the same domain.

Can this be done at all? If yes, then how does one do that?

Thanks for your help guys
Yashy
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Create a group in AD. Add users in this group. Add this group in local admin group on your server where these users can install/configure. I hope these users have rights as domain users and havent elevated rights.

Or you can create GPO for this group that grant more rights through adding in local admin group.
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Sweet man, don't know why I didn't think of that;)

Do Domain policies override local policies?
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Do Domain policies override local policies?
Yes
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc785665%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
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Sadly that didn't work, as the actual domain policy we have takes over the local policy. So adding those users locked down on the domain to the local admin on another server didn't permit them to do anything.
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Add this group to local admin group manualy.
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That's what we're doing. The user group is locked down for the domain. But when we add this group to the local administrators group on the server, they can't access anything or do much.
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Why did you lock down this group?
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1.      Create a new group for users in Active Driectory that you wish to add to servers local administrator group.
Create a new group for your server. The server must be added to this group.

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Create a new group policy object and link it to the desired OU. Make sure that the GPO you are using covers the OU that the server you are wanting to give users local administrative rights over. In Security Filtering you must delete Authenticated Users and add the group for server with the server.

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Navigate within the newly created GPO to Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings --> Restricted Groups

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Right-click the Restricted Groups folder and select "Add Group" to add your new Active Directory group to the Restricted Group. In the Group field, type the name of the newly created Active Directory group and click "OK"

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Add the Restricted Group to the local administrator group
In the Restricted Group Properties windows click "Add" under the section titled "This group is a member of:" Type "Administrators" (without the quotes and yes it is plural), in the Group Membership window and click "OK"

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Once your users receive their updated group policy settings every servers within the OU you specified will have your new Active Directory group as a member of the local administrators group. If you need to force the GPO update on a specific workstation, run "gpupdate /force" in a command window on that workstation.

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Add a user or group of users to the Active Directory Restricted Group
When you are ready, or in a position where you need to provide local server admin rights you can simply add the users or group of users to the Active Directory group that you created for use with Restricted Groups within your Active Directory Management Console.
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