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how do I disable Disk management ?

  1. #1

    how do I disable Disk management ?

    I have a win2012 server with many users on it and some jerk likes to delete drives
    so I need to disable diskmanagmeant for everyone but myself
    this Screenshot by Lightshot seems to aply only to myself
    done from gpedit.msc
    really annoying this should be effecting everyone not just me

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  2. #2

    If you have access to the Server version of Windows, odds are you're running a domain and that would be a much better place to make this change. Just make it so only domain administrator level accounts have access to that program. Also, why would you not report this guy's action to his supervisor along with yours? In plenty of, most even, companies that kind of thing is more than enough to see you joining the ranks of the unemployed.
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  3. #3

    Central IL
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    You may want to read up on this. If the proper GPO's are in place. No end user should have the kind of access you are talking about.
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  4. #4

    the server isn't running a domain
    and I have many admin class users
    I don't know which one is causing problems so I want to block them all from this program
    but without demoting them all
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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2

    The only way to fix the problem is run it as a domain.

    Otherwise you will continue having this problem.
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  6. #6

    somone setup one of my servers as a domain once and I couldn't figure out how to manage users on it hehehe
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  7. #7

    You probably shouldn't be in the position you are if you can't figure out how to manage a domain, but that aside... Unless people absolutely need admin access to do their jobs, you shouldn't be giving that to them. You've already demonstrated an excellent reason why. Most people can be trusted, but there's always a couple of idiots who will cause problems because they can.

    Even if you don't know who it is, I'd still approach the higher ups, tell them what's been going on and let them send some kind of company-wide message saying how this issue has come to their attention and they want whoever is doing it to stop immediately. Then go on to say that if it happens again, you are empowered to take any means you deem necessary to investigate and identify the culprit who will then be summarily terminated. Even if there's some kind of union contract saying you can only be fired for good cause, I'd say intentionally sabotaging the company computer systems counts as good cause. If you get some kind of pushback on this from company management, you've likely just identified the person responsible and you're screwed because they're higher up in the corporate food chain.
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  8. #8

    Without a domain you can't limit what an admin can do. The Administrator account is a little different but still equal for practical purposes. All admin accounts are equal and have the same rights you do. Any attempt to use group policy or other method can be quite easily circumvented, merely speed bumps along the way.

    You really need to find a non technical solution to this problem.
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  9. #9

    there is no higher up to go to

    anyway if I can't stop them how about tracking down who is doing it
    what event logs do I look for
    drive deleting or formatting

    basically any changed to the drive config
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    Forever West
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    I think what I'd do as Administrator is start changing User passwords on the Server then see who squawks the loudest. Does the room with the Server have a lockable door? Maybe change the lock? Might help to find out if access/changing is being accomplished remotely.
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