Updates and Password changes for Win2000

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widgeon9

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Hi there,

New to the forum and I have a couple of questions. Both questions deal with performing actions as a regular user (not a Power User or Admin). I have setup multiple workstations with Windows 2000. I'm running Novell 4.9 SP2.

Problem #1: How can a regular(restricted) user change their windows password? I've tried CTRL-ALT-DEL, then change password and it freezes. I've tried going in through the Control Panel and Users and Passwords and it won't let me change the password there either. If I sign-on as an admin, it lets me change this - no problem. How can I give a standard user permission to change their password?

Problem #2: I want these same standard users to be able to download and install Automatic Windows Updates when they are released. Is there a way to do this? Again, as admin, their are no problems performing this, but I don't want to make these users administrators - for obvious reasons.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
 
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Set them up as power users or create a new group with the permissions you want to give the "standard users". Since you are on a Novell network you will have to do it on a per worstation basis.
 
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Problem #2

I have the same problem... I have 150 workstations that don't get logged into but maybe once a month... kind of a backup for some importent people...

We have Zenworks as a means of software dist... not a big netware fan... sorry!
so I just used the AT command... the same as scheduled tasks in windows.



I set the time twice a day and have them reboot every other day.
net time /set /yes \\timeserver
I copied a shutdown tool of my choice and have the system task run that tool a couple of times a week.

As for installing the windows updates... you could download the update have the system install them at night then reboot.

Batch files are the best...
I have to varify that they are up and running...
this one pings the computer and then returns the results to a text file..

ECHO
xcopy /F /Y /D /C "\\servername\stuff\test\*.*" "\\computername\C$" >>"\\servername\InstallMedia\Hotsite\%DATE%.log"
ECHO
xcopy /F /Y /D /C "\\servername\stuff\test\*.*" "\\computername\C$" >>"\\servername\InstallMedia\Hotsite\%DATE%.log"
ECHO
xcopy /F /Y /D /C "\\servername\stuff\test\*.*" "\\computername\C$" >>"\\servername\InstallMedia\Hotsite\%DATE%.log"

hope it helps ya...
 
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