On my active directory network, I want to satisfy my boss by giving him semi-administrative permissions that will allow him to Install programs as administrator in emergency situations on all computers, but not sacrifice the integrity of the network. Is there any type of Admin Group setting or Group that I could create that would allow him basic user permissions + the ability to install programs/drivers as administrator? I don't want to give him Domain Admin or anything crazy, just bypass UAC.

I was going to give him permission to bypass UAC via GPO, but would I need to make an entire GPO just for him? Is that too much?


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IMO, if you're letting him install stuff (and you don't trust him), then you've already compromised the network's integrity. :)

Having said that, here's a suggestion:

Use the GP Restricted Groups settings to add his domain account to the "Power Users" group on the workstations.

Caveat: This may not let him install drivers though, as they are system-level, and require Administrator permissions.

Power Users can install software but are not full admins. For more info on the deifferences, see this SU question: Difference between Power user and Administrator

Tutorial links:

  • @guntbert "Power Users" still exists. See Default local groups for a list. May 8, 2014 at 20:13
  • Indeed, I stand corrected :-)
    – guntbert
    May 8, 2014 at 20:15
  • Sorry I'm really new to this AD stuff, poorly self-taught. Is it this folder in the GPO: i.imgur.com/WktqcoT.png ? By the way... that group that's in my folder, is that normal? Looks weird. And yes, I don't trust my boss because his password is too weak and he doesn't know about computers. I have no say over it if he wants to install stuff.
    – TheFrack
    May 9, 2014 at 12:08
  • Yeah, that's the one. And that weird entry looks to be an entry in GP that refers to a group that no longer exists (so you're seeing the SID instead of a name), I'd say you're safe to delete that entry. Also, I'll update my answer with a couple tutorial links on how to actually implement my answer. :) May 9, 2014 at 12:47
  • Thanks, I just did like the tutorial said and added one user to it. Will this significantly slow down my network login if it's on the default GPO? I had to make it domain-wide.
    – TheFrack
    May 9, 2014 at 13:39

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