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Windows 7: Install Software as Standard User

06 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7
Install Software as Standard User

I have a dilemma, I have searched the threads but not found something that matches my exact problem.

We are implementing Windows 7 and Bitlocker as encryption. While this works brilliantly, I am now worried that our offsite engineers if they are given Local admin rights, can disable bitlocker. They need to install software onto there machines and this cannot be taken away from them. Problem is company policy also states that they are not allowed to disable the encryption, which is where my dilemma lies.

I can lock down bitlocker through Grou Policy, but the offsite engineers are software developers so it wouldn't take them long to disable it if they do have local admins.

Is there anyway at all I can give them access to install software without Local admins?

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06 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Software engineers typically /require/ admin prives (local admin that is) to their machines as part of their work. Especially driver writers but even standard apps while test installing and uninstalling sometimes require "hand work" to remove mis installed items or undo the damage caused by bugs.

There really is no way around it.

You could do periodic checks on the systems remotely if needed to check of they have not messed with any setings and of course if they have once, warn, twice, fire...
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06 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64

That's actually what we do - check Bitlocker periodically in the logon script (manage-bde.exe), and if it's been disabled we popup a custom HTA that the user MUST interact with (which will re-enable bitlocker on the next reboot) and we make a note on a network location. If the next reboot comes up and bitlocker is still disabled (and the PC is capable of bitlocker, of course) the user's network port is disabled. This forces them to call the helpdesk to re-enable the port, and then explain why they need bitlocker disabled (anyone with a really valid reason will be exempted, but those reasons are pretty rare).
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25 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ulimate

Hy Carl, is it possible to get this script, we have still the same situation, but how you going to this with remote users, because I wouldn´t let them connect if Bitlocker is disabled, maybe you can gave me a hint or how I can handle that?


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