Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium


Can you forbid a local administrator from having access to system restore and shadow copies?

Posted on 2017-10-12
Low Priority
Last Modified: 2018-01-17
I have a computer that runs 24x7 in a remote location. It needs to be logged in as a  local administrator due to a software requirement. Is there a way to prevent specific local admin accounts from deleting system restore points or shadow copies?

I ask due to a crypto-locker that recently affected this computer, which removed system restore points. I would like to prevent it happening again.
Question by:Bob Johnson
LVL 37

Accepted Solution

bbao earned 1000 total points
ID: 42329236
basically, local admin is local admin, which means it owns the privileges to access everything except those only controlled by the OS core.
you need another user account to do the same thing, with restricted rights comparing to a local admin.
if you have to access the system using this specific user, change the user's type from an admin to a power user instead.
LVL 97

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 42329240
You should probably look at the software you're running and consider changing it or modifying it's requirements.  Often "required" admin rights aren't required if you adjust certain permissions.
LVL 81

Expert Comment

ID: 42329256
One deal with auto-login, auto-lock workstation upon starting the application,
The short answer, no you can not block a local admin from doing what an admin is supposed to do.

If you have access to the software in a test environment, you could using rights assignment explore extending requisite rights to a standard user to make the software run without utilizing an administrative access.
Concerto's Cloud Advisory Services

Want to avoid the missteps to gaining all the benefits of the cloud? Learn more about the different assessment options from our Cloud Advisory team.

LVL 81

Expert Comment

ID: 42329356
Whenever dealing with restricting administrators (local or domain), one should ask can one restrict the owner of a house from doing any task in their house they want? This thread of scenarios can go for ever, give a person your house key, and then try to prevent them from throwing a party when you are away?
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:William Fulks
ID: 42330368
Your problem is not that local admin can remove restore points.

Your problem is that somebody on your network (or possibly that machine) opened an email or attachment that set off a cyptolocker on your network. Were people checking personal email from this machine? If so, that needs to stop ASAP.

Limiting the local admin account will only cause problems later plus, by design, it shouldn't be limited.

Author Comment

by:Bob Johnson
ID: 42406183
A couple people got off track from the original question, which was whether or not you could prevent a local admin from deleting shadow copies.

The best answer was to give the person Super user rights and customize those rights to give them access to everything they need, minus access to the shadow copies.

Author Closing Comment

by:Bob Johnson
ID: 42406184
This is the best answer.

Featured Post


Modern healthcare requires a modern cloud. View this brief video to understand how the Concerto Cloud for Healthcare can help your organization.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

There are literally thousands of Exchange recovery applications out there. So how do you end up picking one that’s ideal for your business & purpose? By carefully scouting the product’s features, the benefits it offers you, & reading ample reviews f…
This applies to Dell but may also apply to other manufacturers as well. We ran across a few machines that just dropped recently it trust relationship with the server. After doing the basic removing and joining the domain again, it changed to No logo…
How to fix incompatible JVM issue while installing Eclipse While installing Eclipse in windows, got one error like above and unable to proceed with the installation. This video describes how to successfully install Eclipse. How to solve incompa…
Please read the paragraph below before following the instructions in the video — there are important caveats in the paragraph that I did not mention in the video. If your PaperPort 12 or PaperPort 14 is failing to start, or crashing, or hanging, …
Suggested Courses

577 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question