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  • Does the Power Users group work in Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2?  I've tried assigning a user to be a power user through group policy restricted groups and can't get it to work.
    Friday, September 17, 2010 7:31 PM

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  • In Windows XP , Power User referred to any user account that was a member of the Power Users group. Power User accounts had some, but not all, of the user rights that administrator accounts had. In these versions of Windows , the user groups have been simplified and the Power Users group no longer exists. 

     

     


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    Saturday, September 18, 2010 12:34 AM
  • Ok, I do understand what power users and the power user group is, I just wanted to know FOR sure if Windows 7 has dropped that group.  Microsoft doesnt exactly make it crystal clear. They have this article: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/Windows7/What-happened-to-the-Power-Users-group, but when I go to compmgmt.msc on my win7 machine > groups, the power users group still exists.

    So, if Microsoft has dropped the existence of Power Users (eventhough it technically exists), is there another same-solution that I can implement w/o giving the user/users local administrative rights?  I am implementing a new domain, and like I said all Windows 7 Enterprise. These faculty need to install software frequently but as a limited user, we dont really have the staff to support installing software for them.  My personal feelings is to keep them as a limited user, but I'd still like to consider other options.

    Let me know if you have any ideas.. thanks

    Monday, September 20, 2010 5:09 PM
  • I think the best way to deploy applications using a domain is to remotely install the softwares using group policies.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816102

    You will need to create MSI Packs.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257718/en-nz



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    Monday, September 20, 2010 5:31 PM
  • We will do that for Adobe Updates, etc. but msi installs aren't available for instructor resource cd installed (for ex - textbook software) nor do I really want instructor resource cd's in group policy.  

    Any other ideas?

    Monday, September 20, 2010 7:36 PM
  • Install programs requests administrator permission as they will need to add registry keys etc.

    Maybe RemoteApp is another workaround.

    TS RemoteApp Step-by-Step Guide

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc730673(WS.10).aspx


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    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 9:14 AM
  • Ok, well thanks for the idea, but not really a solution I was looking for. As mentioned before, my preference would be to keep them as limited users, but we do not have a help desk here so all the software installations would be on me.
    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:58 PM
  • We will do that for Adobe Updates, etc. but msi installs aren't available for instructor resource cd installed (for ex - textbook software) nor do I really want instructor resource cd's in group policy.  

    Any other ideas?


    you can create your own .msi packages with before/ after snapshots

    http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/MSI-Packaging-Tools.html

    what's the issue having instructor resource cds in group policy?

     

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 6:22 PM
  • Royo,

    thanks for the post but your solution had been already proposed (see my second reply).

     


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    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 6:35 PM
  • X,

    I saw your second reply! I'm reinforcing it by addressing his concern about there being no msi packages for the instructor cds and linking a different article about creating them. Apparently he didn't read yours because he states in reply to your suggestion:

    "but msi installs aren't available for instructor resource cd installed (for ex - textbook software) "

    Also, if you don't mind, I inquired as to his concern about having instructor CDs in group policy.

     

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 7:18 PM
  • I like to keep our gp settings as clean as possible. We are very short staffed. And its really not optimal in the OU setup that we have.
    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 8:31 PM
  • "And its really not optimal in the OU setup that we have."

    it doesn't have to be, you filter the gpo on security groups. oh well, the last thing i will suggest as a software deployment option is sccm.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb632640.aspx

     

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 8:51 PM
  • Or maybe give users 1 day admin permission to get the needed software installed? Just a thought.

    You can clear all added users in administrators group by creating a group policy in Computer Configuration - Preferences - Control Panel Settings - Local Users and Groups, with "Update" Administrators (built-in) group by delete all member users and groups.


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    Thursday, September 23, 2010 1:38 AM