Allow domain user to install software on machine


We have a web designer who needs to be able to install software and updates on her own machine. She is an admin on the machine and we thought adding her to the power users group would do the trick but it didn't help. The box is Server 2003 and the machine is w7.

What can we do to resolve this without giving her full admin rights?

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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
You cannot install software on a machine if you are not an administrator. There is 3rd software out there that extends your Group Policy which can allow for Whitelisting of specific applications.

A product that I have used is Desktop Authority or Privilege Authority.

Without that you will not be able to do something like this natively.


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lt should not be left out that non-admins may indeed install gpo assigned msi packages on demand.
On a server oS, the user has to be a member of local administrator or possibly a server operator group member.
A web designer does not need as a normal scheme install any software, presumably you mean the person needs rights for IIS to register items possibly adding DLLs/applications.
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A sensible workaround would be to make her a standard user and give her an additional admin password for installations. Then have her sign to use that account only for that purpose, and, if you like to be really strict, monitor the usage of that account by using auditing.

Solutions like what Will has linked or what powerbroker by beyondtrust offers, are administrative overkill for one user in my opinion and costly.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
There are ALWAYS other things the user can do like provide the user with another account that has admin privledges, or event just give the users account admin rights on the server etc...

however based on what the user is trying to accomplish cannot be done natively and requires 3rd party software to accomplish this.

Comes down to a business decision as to what they want to do. Cost/Trust.

sio2yAuthor Commented:
Both great options. We will demo the free version of Will's solution and if it works easily $28 would be fine. Otherwise McKnife is correct, one user with a separate login would be ok.

Thanks to both!
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