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Logon script to add a user to local admin group

I have a single domain with 3000+ workstations, varying from Windows 2000 to XP. Is there a logon script process to add a user to the local admin group? We manually add the domain user account to the local admin account for certain applications that require admin access. I came across the ADDUSERS.exe command, but it prompts the user for a password. Is there any command that can perform this without prompting the user for any information? Thanks in advance for your time and help.
This is a common issue. The problem is that if you could add a restricted user to the local administrators group without a password, how could you prevent users from adding themselves to the local administrators group? Thus, only a local administrator can add a user to the local administrators group. You could use Cusrmgr (Windows 2000 Resource Kit) and specify a password on the command line, but that's just not very safe. Instead, I recommend that you create a WMI script to connect to the computer and then add the user to the local administrators group. Check out Microsoft's script Web site for a number sample scripts.
This was first published in October 2003
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