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trouble with xp registry

by pdumond / March 10, 2008 4:43 AM PDT

I administrate a small windows peer to peer network. I want to stop users from changing static ip address computers to dhcp. Because of our accounting software the users have to be local administrators on the workstation. I tried making a registry change, that I read about at I added a new key "Network Connections" under [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\ then added the new DWORD value. After reboot no change. Any help or other ideas would be appreciated.
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Why not...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 10, 2008 4:47 AM PDT

Just issue a policy statement about this? It beats battling the users.

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What do you mean
by pdumond / March 10, 2008 4:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Why not...

You wrote:
"Just issue a policy statement about this? It beats battling the users."

What do you mean?

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Just a guess
by Jimmy Greystone / March 10, 2008 5:17 AM PDT
In reply to: What do you mean

Just a guess, but I imagine Bob meant putting out a memo telling employees not to mess with that, and threatening some kind of reprisal should it happen.

You could also use the "Run As" function to run just the accounting program as an administrator, and the users themselves would be regular users. This would require the users to enter in a password every time they want to run the program, but that shouldn't be more than 1-2 times a day. There's the added headache of having to make a new account on each system that needs to run this program, so you'll need to make a decision about whether or not it's worth it.

Personally, I'd just start by putting out a memo asking people not to change those settings. If that doesn't work, put out a memo that has some consequences for anyone who does change those settings. If those consequences aren't enough, you can use the "Run As" or alternate credentials method I talked about above on a user by user basis. Just prohibit this special admin level account from being able to log in, so they don't try and end run you.

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