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Windows 7: user with non-admin rights can't initialize drive

02 Jul 2010   #11
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Is this user logging on to the machine as a local user, or is this user logging in to the domain and then trying to format a drive?


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02 Jul 2010   #12
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

They are a Domain User but he does not want them to have any kind of Admin Rights.
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02 Jul 2010   #13
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Create a local user with whatever rights are necessary, then log in to the local machine instead of the domain. That should work.
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03 Jul 2010   #14
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

That's actually the same as giving the domain user local admin rights for a particular machine. Which would also work but it sounded like they didn't want anyone to have local admin rights on any machine.

But non-admin rights and the ability to randomy format a drive attached to a machine are just plain diametrically opposed ideas. SO... it's no surprise that it's not going easy.
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03 Jul 2010   #15
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Suggestion: If this is part of the persons job (i.e. to format drives for other users in the company) why not setup an off domain computer (a computer not joined to the domain). Then setup a local account with Administrator Rights to format drives etc. Since the computer is NOT on the domain the user will not have any Admin Rights on the domain. If you are truly worried about security you could disable the NIC on the computer and NOT connect it to the network. (I know this can be easily defeated, but you can put a written policy in place that the computer is to be only used for this purpose and not to be connected to the network). Extremely simple solution.
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03 Jul 2010   #16
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
Suggestion: If this is part of the persons job (i.e. to format drives for other users in the company) why not setup an off domain computer (a computer not joined to the domain). Then setup a local account with Administrator Rights to format drives etc. Since the computer is NOT on the domain the user will not have any Admin Rights on the domain. If you are truly worried about security you could disable the NIC on the computer and NOT connect it to the network. (I know this can be easily defeated, but you can put a written policy in place that the computer is to be only used for this purpose and not to be connected to the network). Extremely simple solution.
A perfect solution. Why didn't I think of that?
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03 Jul 2010   #17
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
Suggestion: If this is part of the persons job (i.e. to format drives for other users in the company) why not setup an off domain computer (a computer not joined to the domain). Then setup a local account with Administrator Rights to format drives etc. Since the computer is NOT on the domain the user will not have any Admin Rights on the domain. If you are truly worried about security you could disable the NIC on the computer and NOT connect it to the network. (I know this can be easily defeated, but you can put a written policy in place that the computer is to be only used for this purpose and not to be connected to the network). Extremely simple solution.
A perfect solution. Why didn't I think of that?
Thank you. That is why we are all here. Many times other people have posted simple solutions I never thought of. That is why I am here. Anything that makes my life smiple is a good thing!
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03 Jul 2010   #18
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

?!?!? I suggested that 4-5 posts ago
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03 Jul 2010   #19
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
?!?!? I suggested that 4-5 posts ago
With Respect: I went back and read the posts and I don't see where you suggested using a non-domain machine off the domain and off the network.

Your suggestion was to give Local Admin rights on a Domain Machine that is completely different.

Please correct me if I am wrong.
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03 Jul 2010   #20
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
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If it's just for fomratting drives you might think about using a laptop that is off your internal netowrk and give local admin rights to that, then restoring the HD image after he's done if you are really tight on security.
Seperate machine, off the network, and obviously if itp's off the network it has to be a non domain account logging into it...
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