Local Admin Rights



What is the general concensus on local admin rights to client machines?

We are running into LOTS of obstacles because infrastructure has taken that
away. And we have third party applications in which our business users need
this. And we are having to tweek registry edit keys and the like because of

Are applications today generally designed assuming that the user has local
admin rights??? Does anyone else out there have to deal with this. It is
sooooooo frustrating....

Any comments or answers are greatly appreciated.




What is the general concensus on local admin rights to client machines?

My concensus is that you should add the (I assume domain user?) to the
local administrators group for the PC/Notebook they do their work on.
This is going to cause less problems than messing with registry keys.
A lot of old (and new) applications "out there" write to HKLM and
write DATA to the "Program Files" directory as a birthright during
their normal operation. They ignore all the rules. However, these apps
will keep working and your users can get back to work if their domain
account also is included in the local PC or notebook "Administrators"

But, NO, new applications today should assume only user group rights!
It is bad pactice to grant any administrative privileges to users
"these days". Especially on Vista, which will enfore registry and file
virtualization and generally make a non-future proof mess of your
registry if you install "yesterdays applications" for ordinary users.
But that's a whole other story - the technology and security of
Vista / Server 2008 is excellent. MS did not explain it too well -
_that_ is the UAC problem - lack of documentation in 2006 - not bad

Be sure to take good daily backups of your servers and network shared
programs/data. Imaging the desktops and servers is somthing I do to be


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