I'm about to distribute 'Windows Server 2003 Serivce Pack 1 Administration Tools Pack' (or Windows Admin Pack for short) to some users via AD.
The users have two different accounts each. One 'user account' that they log in with and one 'admin account' that they use when they do administrative tasks (using run as).

I need to distribute the Admin Pack to these users (not to their computer accounts), but the problem is that when I do so, doesn't matter if I assign or publish, the users doesn't get the shortcuts on their start menues. However, the program appears in 'Add/remove programs -> Add program', so they can go there and click 'install'. The problem is that their user accounts doesn't hava the permission to install the admin pack. And they can't use 'Run as' to start add/remove programs, because then they see the programs for the admin account and no Admin pack shows up.

Setting the application to be installed automatically on logon does not solve the problem. The result is that the installation fails with the same lack of permssion (shows up in the event viewer).

Is there any way to solve this problem without editing the MSI or creating an MST?
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I have the same problem. The MSI installation process fails everytime, saying the user doesn't have enough privileges to complete the install.

I want to do this to allow certain users to do administrative taks, such as resetting passwords. I'm sure I'm not the only one who wanted to do something like that, so is installing the Admin Pack the only way to do this, or is there something better?
Answered 10/03/2005 by: AlexM
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I ended up installing the admin pack on machine level instead of user level. That works fine.
Answered 10/03/2005 by: wicket
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Sounds very strange. I used the msi-package and had no problem with installing it per user. It installs when the user logs on.
Answered 10/12/2005 by: Gastro
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And your users are not local daministrators on their machines?
Answered 10/12/2005 by: wicket
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