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How do I grant local administrator rights, but not Domain Administrator Rights?

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For user x, I want to grant install rights on the computer, but the user should not have Domain admin rights as I have a bunch of folders which are accessible only to administrators and not Domain users.

Server OS: Windows Server 2003 User OS: Windows 7

  • If we add them to the Administrators group on the computer in question, through the local users MMC snap-in, does the user get rights to add other domain users as admin on that machine ? Assuming the user is a domain user... – user284261 Apr 29 '15 at 4:31
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You add them to the Administrators group on the computer in question, through the local users MMC snap-in.

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If it's only a handful of computers, you can simply add the user to the local group Administrators on each client.

If you want to enforce this on a larger scale, you should employ Group Policies. In that case you can use Restricted Groups under Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings.

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