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How do I change my user access at work?

My employer has set all of our access at a far too limited setting. I can't even view many web pages that I need to and can't install a single program or component. When I try to it says to log in as an admin.

Is there any way I can change my access level to an admin level without my employer knowing?

Thanks in advance!

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In reply to: How do I change my user access at work?

Only an admin can change the level of other users. Non-admin users can't 'promote' themselves. That's the way it works, or the whole mechanism would be meaningless.


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In reply to: How do I change my user access at work?

You just walk down to the IT department, and ask them nicely if they would give you administrative rights. Once they've picked themselves up off the floor and composed themselves from the laughing fit you brought on, go back to your desk feeling appropriately stupid, and try getting back to work.

You ever been in the position where you have to fix someone else's stupid mistakes? Well, that's how the people in the IT department feel. If you screw up your system, they have to come around and fix it. They don't enjoy doing that any more than you would having to do extra work because of another employee's incompetence.

I suppose you could try learning how to hack the system, but it's likely someone in the IT department would find out, and very shortly after the only hacking you'd be doing at that company is fitting your posessions into a cardbord box.

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Tubaguy, On A Case By Case Basis...

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...we assign computer privileges to users. Those that require internet access or program installation rights to do their jobs will get it...Those users that only do routine input DON'T. As an example, in the large agency I work for, in my department of 50 employees, except for the IT department which oversees all of the 8-10,000 computers, I am the only one that has full admin privileges. Even then, I only have domain admin privileges for our small domain..Security is the name of the game.

For those users that need increased computer privileges, there needs to be an appropriate rationale for doing so...If you can make the case why YOU need special access rights to do your job correctly, then present your reasons to the appropriate people..They might decide you're right..

But don't expect "everyone" to receive the same treatment unless they can provide a reason for the increased privileges.

Hope this helps.


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