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By mbolmeier ·
I've got a Windows 2000 domain with about 150 computers. I'd like to be able to have a group that can install programs on workstations, something like a Power Users group on the domain level, only they just need to be able to install programs. So short of going to every machine and adding the group to the local power users group, does anyone have a good idea for how this can be done?

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by ewgny In reply to domain account to install ...

You don't have to go to every PC. With 150 PC's you can do the following in about a half hour.
Create a Global Group called "installers" put the members of all the people you want to be able to install programs in that group.
Now from AD Users and computers, right click each computer object and select manage from there you can add the "installers" group to the local Admin or powerer user groups for each Box.
Now all you have to do is adjust the membership of the "installers" group, to give install permissions on all workstations.
Now if you use Imaging software, pre add the installers group to the setup PC before you Sysprep, then you won't have to do it manually anymore.
You can also do it through scripting, but with 150 PC's I thing it would be faster to do it throu AD users & computers. I add my "Tech" group to the local administrators group so my tech department are Local Admins

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by birzes In reply to domain account to install ...

I know you stated that you have 150 computers in a domain ,but I am wondering if you are considering your network a domain without actually haveing AD installed on it . The only reason I am asking is because you are talking about local computer accounts. If you are on AD you should be able to just publish or assign the .msi file to an object group with the computers you wish to install the file in that group. Now if you are running AD and just want to do something locally , please forgive my intrusion.

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I am using AD, but the problem isn't installing software on all machines, it's letting users install software that only they would want. I don't want to have to assign software to only one person, for a bunch of users.

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