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10.6: Make a temporary Administrator account
Authored by: chadvonnau on Mar 31, '11 07:04:12PM

I've had the opposite experience. I'm rather permissive with giving out local admin rights and have yet to be seriously burned. At the end of the day, being a sysadmin is all about having happy, productive users. I'd rather sacrifice security to have a better relationship.

I've only worked in places with 300 users or less, though. 9000 is a different ball game.

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10.6: Make a temporary Administrator account
Authored by: tom larkin on Mar 31, '11 07:28:34PM

If I didn't work in academia it would be a different game all together. Adults get fired when they tamper with company equipment maliciously, students don't have much to lose rather than some discipline like suspension. I'd love to give everyone admin rights, if I could be sure that it wouldn't blow up in my face. At one point in time we let non IT staff control some computer labs, and passwords got compromised and students installed Quake 3 on every PC in the lab.

Don't get me wrong though, I totally 100% agree with you. I want my users to be happy and have the best experience, but unfortunately teenagers like to cause trouble and will do things like load video games on every computer they can.

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