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2K Pro / NT Domain

By mark ·
Since rolling out 6 new 2K Pro PC's in a small NT Domain of 1 PDC and 5 BDC's and 50 clients (all SP6a) I am experiencing problems with Word 97 and Outlook 98.. These apps have the latest SR's and patches. For example, in Word 97 the Spelling & Grammer function is not available at all for users (it is available if logged on as Admin). Also, Photo Editor doesn't work. In Outlook 98, users cannot print emails unless they open them first and cannot send a document by using the File>send to>mail recipient feature. I have tried giving users Full Control over the relevant folders and changing the perms in the registry but to no avail.

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by Mongooch In reply to 2K Pro / NT Domain

Are these problems occuring with the users logged into the Win2k machines? And, if so are they logged into the domain or locally? We had a similar problem with Autocad when we introduced Win2k machines to our NT domain. We discovered that by logging into the domain, users did not have sufficient rights for Autocad to function properly. Our solution was to set up the users desktops on their local machine rather than the domain. This allowed us to assign the appropriate rights to users locally while using pass-through authentication to the domain. The only catch here is to have the same user credentials on both the domain and local machine.

Hope this helps,


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I checked out answer #2 and it works great. That's exactly the solution I was looking for with our Win2k machines. I will definately be using it from now on. Thanks synergy/dlo.

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by curlergirl In reply to 2K Pro / NT Domain

Well, the previous answer gives a solution, but not the best one. You do not need to add a local user. You only need to add the users' domain logon IDs to the local Power Users group on the workstation. You can even add a domain security group, like Domain Users, if you want to be sure that all users in the domain have Power User rights to all workstations. That should give them sufficient rights to use all of the features of Word and Outlook. You do this by opening the Computer Management Console from the Admin Tools menu (in Control Panel, if you have not configured your systems to put it on the Programs Menu), and go to System Tools/Local Users and Groups/Groups. Then, open the Power Users Group, click Add, make sure the location listed in your domain (not the local machine), and type in the user's login name. Click OK twice to add it.

There are some programs (non-Microsoft for the most part) that require a user to have local Admin rights to run. As a network admin, we try to avoid these or to get around the requirement by editing registry permissions. However, if you have to give a user local Admin rights, you can do this in the same way, by adding the user's domain login ID to the local Administrators group.

Hope this helps!

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