Domain Administrator accessing folders

Dear Experts,

we are going to implement Domain server in our company, but the question is our IT director wants that administrator group should not be able to access to C drive or D drive Folders of all users and staff. how can be done. Need your help please

thanking you in advance
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Marwan OsmanCommented:
so how they will manage their PCs?!!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
By definition, the Administrator has keys to the kingdom. It was always thus.

For one person, they could secure files on a USB hard drive (and lose them if the drive fails).

But to restrict access to all computer drives is not reasonable and cannot be implemented because the Administrator can always access all things.
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Lior KarasentiCommented:
Maybe you mean access them remotely through administrative shares? C$, D$ etc

this you can accomplish through GPO

If you meant the local C and D then I completely agree with John Hurst.
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Mohammed SIIOperation ExpertsAuthor Commented:
i mean, remotely they should not have access for C and D drive

Example : from Run \\ip-address\C$, this should not be accessed
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Administrators can change the access rights.

The only way you can come close is to make sub-administrators who do not have rights and cannot change the policies. But then they cannot do much.
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Lior KarasentiCommented:
Check this previous EE solution how to accomplish that:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/IT_Administration/Q_26841226.html 

But, again.. as John mentioned administrator can always revert those settings back
so it's a bit useless to do such thing
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Mohammed SIIOperation ExpertsAuthor Commented:
Dear,

i just need to block c$ and D$ drive and also how to create sub-administrators. as i am starter for this task
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
how to create sub-administrators  <-- There are "operators" who can perform back up and like tasks who are not administrators.

Someone must be Administrator (or else fire your IT staff and go home), and the administrator can block access to the "operators" using standard Windows share security.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
The best way to secure this is to have minimal amount of administrators. Another thing you can do is Enable Auditing on files/folders or even Active Directory Changes. This way you can track changes etc when admins make them.

If you do decide to go that route then you can use Active Directory Auditor by Lepide Software.
http://www.lepide.com/lepideauditor/active-directory.html


Will.
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Mohammed SIIOperation ExpertsAuthor Commented:
i am elaborating
 
We have a domain network. What we want is for the domain admin to be unable to view the all users PC's local drive (C:) and D: remotely. unless he is physically at the PC.  In other words, the domain admin should not be allowed to put \\user_pc\c$ in Windows Explorer and see all the files on remote computer, unless he is physically present at the PC itself.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
What we want is for the domain admin to be unable to view the all users PC's local drive (C:) and D: remotely

Hopeless task. The domain admin can change what you want.

If you do not trust your domain admin, make people changes.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
As we have already stated a domain admin can revert any changes that have been made. However, you can achieve this using Group Policy to remove the default shares from all domain workstations, or ones that you specify using Security Filtering.

https://sdmsoftware.com/group-policy-blog/group-policy-preferences/controlling-shares-on-windows-systems/

Will.
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Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
If there is no trust among the administrators then do not bother implement anything as admin has the right to the kingdom, you setup superusers, or sub-administrators same thing but someone will have access to c and d
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