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  • I work for a non-profit organization. All of our laptops have an administrator password that only one staff member has access. that person is not available often to do updates or deal with issues that pop up that can easily be done by the staff. The computers then are not usable until she enters the password and does the uploads etc herself, and this delays the work that needs to get done. She is not trained in IT what so ever. The computers are not on a network. What are the Pros and Cons of keeping administrator on these computers. We are looking at having the administrator removed. There is no one in the building that has a good enough knowledge to do IT so we do use a business to fix the "glitches" . any suggestions
    Friday, January 26, 2018 10:32 PM

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  • Hi,
    It is not suggested to make Administrator account keep by many people or non IT person, because this account is powerful which could be mishandled to mess up computer. 
    Generally, normal users use standard account to log on and do daily work on the computer. 
    But it doesn’t mean that the admin account could be removed. Sometime, some operation on the computer may need to admin account, general account might not powerful enough to do.
    However, the cons is that the admin account is hard to be controlled.
    According to your description, I would suggest that you could keep the administrator on computer, but it need to be delegated to one person who is trusted and have knowledge of IT stuff.
    Best regards, 
    Wendy

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    Monday, January 29, 2018 5:35 AM
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  • To add, designate two users to administer your laptops. Then those two users agree on a password for the local administrator account.

    The two administrators will then go to every laptop and change the local admin password.

    Hope that helps

    -bill



    Tuesday, January 30, 2018 11:06 AM
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