Windows Domain Admin Account Question

Hello Experts,

Can someone please let me know if its possible to create Domain Admin account that can add PC's etc to a domain, but doesn't have the rights to make admin changes to to PC itself that has been added to the domain?

What I'm trying to say is that I have added a PC to a domain with the Domain Admin account, but I don't want the Domain Admin account to make changes to the system wide properties on the PC.


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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
What you are looking for is this.

You want to set up a "Creating Workstation only Administrator ".\
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
create Domain Admin account that can add PC's etc to a domain, but doesn't have the rights to make admin changes to to PC itself that has been added to the domain?

As I read this, you want a domain admin account that has full domain admin rights to the network but to a particular PC, the account cannot perform administrative functions?

Simple, add the computer to the domain and remove the "Domain Admins" from the local "administrators" group on the PC.

Now, I say simple, but I'll add, VERY unwise.  Domain admins need access to the computer for administrative purposes. If you don't trust your admins, then they shouldn't be your admins.

If I'm misunderstanding, let me know - probably best to describe the scenario for which you need this.

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You could just create an Domain User account and delegate the right to Join Computers to the Domain.
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
@Iruiz52....which is what I suggested.
@ScottCha...... Not really, but OK.

two different ways of doing it.
cpatte7372Author Commented:

Sorry, I haven't responded, been really busy.

Going to try your suggestions now...

Will keep you posted.
cpatte7372Author Commented:
Spot on mate

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