Prevent users from removing software?

Microsoft windows Server 2003 standard e...
August 30, 2010 at 23:44:17
Specs: Windows Server 2003
Hello!

I'm having a tough time with a handful of users who insist on disabling or removing software that we install on each workstation.

I'd like to somehow prevent them from tampering with the settings and make removing the software impossible. I've seen it on some other workstations where if you right-click, or attempt to access the software settings a message box will pop up and say something to the effect of, "This action is not possible. You do not have sufficient rights to perform this action."
How can I get this message to pop up on ALL workstations that try to tamper?

I've tried loading the software on the local computer as the Domain Adminstrator, but this didn't do the trick as I had hoped. They are still able to tamper with the settings.

Can someone help?

Thank you in advance!
Jason

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.


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#1
August 31, 2010 at 05:15:14
What account type do these users have? If it has local admin rights what you want is virtually impossible. If they are local admins they have virtually the same rights you do. Anything you do would be similar to speed bumps.

To prevent the removal of software and changing global settings they must be given a more limited account. Depending on the situation this may not be practical.


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#2
August 31, 2010 at 16:01:28
Good point.

None of the users in question have Admin rights. I just confirmed that with AD. They are simply assigned as "Domain User." Is there another way to do this or something I'm missing?

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