Re: Granting Admin rights to non administrators

From: CJC (
Date: 02/04/05

Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2005 20:46:26 -0500

Just give the stupid fool local admin rights and be done with it. When he
"fries" his machine and loses all his data then you will have him by the
short ones.

"Admin" <> wrote in message
> I'm a system administrator at a University. My primary responsibility
> is to take care of the Microsoft side of the you can
> imagine, security is always an issue. The management has told me that I
> will grant domain administrator access to a certain individual (this is
> not a request).
> Unfortunately, this individual is not a system administrator. This
> person is a manager that admits on his own accord "I'm not technical."
> He is indeed talented within his own area - programming, project
> management and "visionary" digital development. However, a sys admin
> this does not make.
> Since I have worked at this location (3+years), this individual has
> attempted to gain such rights since day 1. From a sys admin point of
> view, he does not need these rights...nor does he have the experience
> or technical background to know what he's doing. Management has told me
> that I will show him how to do what he wants. (I had to "show" him how
> to have his computer join a domain and map a network drive last week).
> The staff that report to him also admit that he does not need these
> rights. The management has admitted that they are not making me give
> this person domain admin rights for technical reasons....but to (and
> I'm quoting here) - "stoke his ego."
> I have tried explaining several times that this is a really really bad
> idea....but have run out of arguments. I don't want to lose my job
> here, but I also want to be able to have a credible future in this
> career. So, my question(s) are:
> What argument would you give / what would you do in this circumstance?
> Do other folks have to deal with similar situations?
> What protections can I provide for myself?
> Am I the one being unreasonable? Am I just over reacting?
> Thanks in advance.