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User/Software Management - This is a difficult one

By Nikolzox3 ·
So heres the scenario;

I've not long begun a new role, on arrival i was made aware that EVERY user within the business has local ADMIN rights. To which i replied "pardon?!".

As a result of this, as im sure you can imagine. I have a 'rebuild' list as long as my arm which is continually growing.

There is a reason for this however! A major part of what the company does is consultancy all over the world and mainly in very rural areas which have limited/no internet connectivity. I.e Africa, Areas of Pakistan (Also rife for virus/malware).

Usually the clients have software packages or clients etc. which our consultants must install to access the clients databases/systems. Due to the lack of internet connectivity, this isn't something we can even do remotely - Therefore they have local admin to do it themselves.

Help!! This is causing me a world of headaches!

Here's what i would like to achieve;
1) I want to remove all local admin rights from the user accounts
2) I want to enable users to install software temporarily in a 'quarantined' area (i think 'sandbox' solutions sort of do this?? I'm not 100%) - Obviously i would want this to be the ONLY place they can install and ideally on a different partition. (Easy to format when it goes 'belly up') - which it always does hence the rebuild list.

Any Help, Advice, Resources, Software recommendations would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Repost as 'Q&A'

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to User/Software Management ...

Try reposting this in the 'Q&A' forum. The 'Discussion' forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution. The 'Water Cooler' is for non-technical discussions. You can submit a question to 'Q&A' here:;content

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by Nikolzox3 In reply to Repost as 'Q&A'

Although i have been using & reading the resources you guys provide, which are great by the way! :) this is the first ive actually used it for this kind of thing.

Thanks again.

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Your Welcome

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Thanks...

Though with this one I think your on a Hiding to nothing, I don't think that there is a solution to this that can be implemented "Easily," but those who haunt the Q&A Side of things may have more experience than I do on things like this.


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