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    Windows Server 2000

    I am having an issue with rights on my network. I have a Windows 2000 server running in Native mode which runs my dhcp and dns. My network is a small business and I kinda took on a project that I know nothing about. I have the network set up with user accounts, groups, and group policies. I can't seem to get how to make someone an admin on a local machine unless I make them domain admins. I would like to figure out how to make someone admin on the local machine without giving them access to resources across the network.

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    AO Ancient: Team Leader
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    You do that on the local machine... Place them in the administrator group for the machine... The group "Domain Admins" is automatically added when you join a computer to a domain... Anyone in that group is an admin of the machine you added... But you don't want to add them to the "domain admins" group as you already know...
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    I guess the next question would be, how does that work with roaming profiles? Do I need to add users as admins to all of the machines that I want them to have the rights on?

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    AOs Resident Troll
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    3,152 could create a group called "user admins"...then add the users you want to have local admin rights on the machines ....and add the "user admins" group to the local admin group on the local machines........

    That way all the users in the users in the "user admins" group would be admins of the local machine...but not of the server\domain???

    Just make sure they are not domain admins...or server admins...cause trust me ...they WILL f&ck things up.....

    its easier to fix a workstation then a server

    ...although you do get alot of whinning

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    Just Another Geek
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    If you want to keep things nice and tidy don't even make them local admin on workstations

    But morganlefay's solution would be the one I would use..
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    I completely agree with keeping things tidy. My only issue is that we have a small (less than 30 people), and about 10 of these people are techs or management. I can't, and wouldn't refuse to give a tech local admin rights, I would get my @55 ripped for taking away the managers powers, but don't want anyone to have rights to access our old domain, or jack with someone else's machine as them. I don't know if that all made sense lol. I just want to limit the amount of admin rights that I give certain users, while denying others admin rights all together. Thanks so much everyone for your input. I think that I have the idea now. All that's left is the doing!

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    Hi everyone, I actually got a vb script recently that allows certain users admin rights on the machine and it works rather well. I was hoping that someone could look at the script and help me with an if.....then statement. Right now, if the user is already an admin on the machine, it gives an error that the account already exists. Here is the script.

    Option Explicit

    Dim Shell
    Set Shell=wscript.createobject("")
    Dim fso
    Set fso = wscript.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

    'On Error Resume Next


    If err.number <> 0 then
    MsgBox err.description,vbcritical,wscript.scriptname
    End If

    Sub main
    '--------------------------------------------------------- Main -
    Set objNet = CreateObject("WScript.Network") 'new

    Dim strUser, StrGroup, oComputer, cuser
    Dim oUser, oGroup, sComputerName, objNet, objnetwork, suser

    suser = objnet.username
    strUser = suser
    strGroup = "Administrators"

    sComputerName = objNet.ComputerName 'new

    Set oComputer = GetObject("WinNT://" & sComputerName)
    Set oUser = oComputer.Create ("User", strUser)
    On Error Resume Next
    Dim strComputer
    Dim objWMIService
    Dim colItems

    oUser.SetPassword "password"
    oUser.Put "PasswordExpired", 1
    oUser.Fullname = "Fullname"
    oUser.Description = "Description"

    Set oGroup = oComputer.GetObject("Group", strGroup)

    wscript.echo "User [" & strUser & "] added to[" & strGroup & "] Group"

    Set oUser = nothing
    Set oGroup = nothing

    End Sub

    Any help would be great!!!!

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    They call me the Hunted foxyloxley's Avatar
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    on the domains I've been involved with, although, not too deeply, 'we' have set each user as local admin by adding 'authenticated users' to the admin group ................

    so when someone logs into a machine, and the server authenticates 'em, they can run as local admin

    not great, but it is wide spread .........

    not to teach granny to suck eggs, but in case it didn't make sense :

    right click 'my computer' -----> manage -----> local users and groups -----> groups -----> administrators -----> add
    type auth, then click 'check names' making sure the location it is 'looking' at is the local machine
    it will return authenticated users

    click OK

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    Senior Member RoadClosed's Avatar
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    Foxy...So all your users run with NO access controls or restriction on the local pc? I couldn't sleep at night.
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    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
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    Hi RoadClosed ,

    I am familiar with the kind of environment that I believe that Foxy~ is referring to.

    1. No 3.5" floppy
    2. No CD/DVD
    3. No USB

    That sort of thing. They "technically" have admin rights but the kit restricts them. This made a lot of sense "back then" when the savings in non-essential hardware features could be diverted to RAM (expensive), HDD capacity, and software.

    They could download and install stuff of permitted areas of the network, you just needed to manage the internet and e-mail.

    I am referring to an era when users were expected to manage their own software (with a little technical assistance for upgrades etc.) so more of them actually needed local admin rights

    You still come across it in areas like Finance, Production Engineering, CAD/CAM and so forth.

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