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    Hi all.. i am fairly new to AD on the whole.. been doing alot of reading.. but still there are things i dont know and some that i dont understand.

    Firstly are there GPO templates online for Power Users and other basic class of users ? Reason i ask is that i want to make a GPO for Power Users on my domain, but at present its time consuming to set each object in the GPO.. are their templates for these ?

    Also is there a way to be able to launch an application installer with admin rights on a machine without having to log in as admin or give the user rights to install on windows xp... On Vista i see there is an Option called "Run as Administator" .. Is there anyhting like this in XP ?

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    Re: Power Users and GPOs.

    Originally posted by drdre View Post
    Hi all.. i am fairly new to AD on the whole.. been doing alot of reading.. but still there are things i dont know and some that i dont understand.

    Firstly are there GPO templates online for Power Users and other basic class of users ? Reason i ask is that i want to make a GPO for Power Users on my domain, but at present its time consuming to set each object in the GPO.. are their templates for these ?
    Hi,
    You got me a bit confused here, What templates do you exactly mean?

    Originally posted by drdre View Post
    Also is there a way to be able to launch an application installer with admin rights on a machine without having to log in as admin or give the user rights to install on windows xp... On Vista i see there is an Option called "Run as Administator" .. Is there anyhting like this in XP ?
    In XP there is the Secondary logon Service which will give you the Run As option when you right click a file.

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      Re: Power Users and GPOs.

      I mean is there a GPO online from Microsoft or any well estabhlisted ms company that would define a POWER USER.. .. just like how xp has options to have a user as a power user, admin, etc.

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      • #4
        Re: Power Users and GPOs.

        On a standalone machine, or in AD, there is a group called Power Users... is that what you're looking for?

        Originally posted by drdre View Post
        Is there anyhting like this in XP ?
        Using runas.exe? If you don't want the user to see the credentials, use it in an encrypted VBS.
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          Re: Power Users and GPOs.

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          "On Vista i see there is an Option called "Run as Administator" .. Is there anyhting like this in XP ?"
          ShellRunas provides functionality similar to that of Runas to launch programs as a different user via a convenient shell context-menu entry.
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          "is there a GPO online from Microsoft or any well estabhlisted ms company that would define a POWER USER ?"
          Use the Restricted Groups policy.
          First, create a new group in AD "Windows Power Users", and add the users who you like to be a Power User on the client. Install GPMC on a client or on a member server. Edit a GPO and create the "Power Users" Restricted Group by using the Add Group browser (this way you make the policy OS-language independed). Next, add "Members of this group" and add the newly created AD group ""Windows Power Users".
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          Note,
          It is not save to make users Power User, since the user can then make it self an Administrator in a few steps. That is why Power Users are not there any more on newer OSs.
          http://blogs.technet.com/markrussino...wer-users.aspx


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          Last edited by Rems; 5th February 2009, 18:14.

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