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Add domain user to local administrators group

As part of the SCCM system that I am implementing, I am trying to streamline and automate as many functions as possible. I currently have an SCCM Task Sequence set up that can run a complete computer install (partition disk, format, install Vista, apply device drivers, install programs, install updates, etc) with no administrative input. One aspect that I am not able to automate is adding the domain user to the local administrators group on the workstation. I don’t want to use Group Policy to add a group…I don’t want everyone to be an admin on all workstations. I want to limit it to just the user being an admin of their single computer.

I had hunted for a way to do this in as fast a way as possible, which rules out using the GUI…it needs to be scripted. I tried it in VBscript, but simply could not get it to successfully add a user who was in a sub-domain. It would work for the top domain, but not for the sub-domain.

So I switched my thought process to PowerShell. I don’t know that I will ever go back. I had a working script in probably ten minutes. I then modified it and gave it some better logic, but even that went quickly. Honestly, the part that took the longest was learning the syntax for PowerShell. The script is below. You can also download it here. (PDF…my hosting provider doesn’t allow script or txt file uploads.)

###################################################################
# Name:            Add2Admin.ps1
# Author:        Jarvis Davis
# Company:        Campus Crusade for Christ
# Creation Date:    April 2, 2008
#
# Purpose:        To quickly and easily add/remove a domain user to/from
#            the local administrators group on a computer
#
# Inputs:        It accepts the first four strings after the script name
#            and puts them into variables Continue reading

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April 8, 2008 Posted by | ConfigMgr, tech | , | Leave a comment

Bible Study or Prayer Time at MMS?

Over the last couple of years I have made contact with quite a few people in the SMS/SCCM community who have let me know that they are a Christians. Typically the conversation came up when they found out that I work for a non-profit ministry.

Last year at MMS I wondered if there would be any interest in having a Bible Study or prayer time during MMS, and wanted to throw out this idea to see who would be interested, and if so what type of time people would be interested in. Right now the idea is really wide open. Some ideas of what it could be…

  • A daily 15-30 minute Bible Study (before breakfast maybe?). I could adapt the material that I have been teaching at my church on the book of Philemon.
  • A single longer Bible study at some point during the week.
  • Daily short prayer time.
  • Any other time for the above that could work with the really busy MMS schedule.

So…what level of interest and availability would you have for something like that? Let me know via my contact form, and I will gather the responses and send out an email to let you know what (if anything) we will end up doing.

[Update: The Bible Study will be happening. Check out this update. I still need to know if you are interested so that I can arrange for the proper size place for us to meet.]

April 8, 2008 Posted by | ConfigMgr, devotional, Jesus | , , | 1 Comment