[Samba] installation without logging on as administrator

Paul Gienger pgienger at ae-solutions.com
Thu Jan 27 21:33:53 GMT 2005

>> Add your users to power users group or run install programs as 
>> administrator: right_click->run_as->administrator,passwd.
>> It is also possible to change system policies (not trivial).
> is there a solution where I do NOT need to give the users admin 
> permissions?

This is a fairly common conundrum.  You don't want to be troubled with 
running around to everyone's machine to install software but you also 
don't want users to have the power to screw up their systems, either by 
knowingly installing crap, or by malicious apps installing crap.  
Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but AFAIK you can't have it both 
ways.  If a user is going to be able to install programs they either 
have to be (an) Admin user or the software install privilege must be 

Pain? Yes.  (extremely simple) better way around it? Not so much. That 
being said, there have been several threads on package deployment stuff 
like adamoto and wpkg, and then more extensive scripting apps like 
kickstart, possibly others, and many people report great success with 
them.  I can only suggest you give one a try and see how it flys for 
you.  Do a search for software deployment (I think) in the archives and 
you should come across a rather lengthy discussion.

Paul Gienger                    Office: 701-281-1884
Applied Engineering Inc.
Systems Architect               Fax:    701-281-1322
URL: www.ae-solutions.com       mailto: pgienger at ae-solutions.com

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