Access Director is a powerful tool for Windows that allows managers and users to control specifically the amount of access and freedom that accounts have on the operating system. This is an incredibly powerful and useful system, but as we will see in a moment it is also very dynamic and versatile with a wide range of customization options that significantly increase security and reduce overheads.
What is Access Director and Why Should You Care?
First, let’s look at precisely what Access Director is for and what it does.
Essentially, Access Director is a tool that allows users to easily elevate standard user accounts to give them administrator privileges.
What this then means in turn is that the users don’t need to have permanent administrator privileges. And this in turn helps to close a lot of gaps in security and prevent serious issues that could otherwise arise.
For those not familiar with the concept, an administrator account is a type of Windows user account that has greater access to the features and settings of Windows. An administrator is able to install and uninstall software for instance, they are able to alter and even delete system files, and they are able to edit the registry.
This kind of freedom is common among operating systems. For instance, in Linux this is the equivalent of the ‘root’ account. It’s actually one of the things that sets desktop operating systems apart from mobile ones and makes them significantly more powerful – it allows you to change the entire way your system operates and thereby gain many more options as a result.
The problem is that this freedom also brings risks: it makes it possible to accidentally delete a crucial file for instance that could leave Windows unable to run properly. Likewise, it might cause a user to accidentally allow the installation of malicious software which could then go on to cause significant damage.
So, you might think the easiest thing to do would be to remove those administrator privileges and to only let employees access the standard privileges. That would be a good solution to many of the problems, but it would also mean that those users couldn’t install new software when they needed to. They might also struggle to install crucial system updates that could actually improve the functionality of their system and the security. They might likewise need to make changes to the global settings and be unable to.
This is where Access Director comes in. It lets you grant those administrator privileges only when they are needed in a way that causes no disruption to the user. So for instance, if the user needs to install an update, they can simply click Access Director to allow that update.
If that was all that Access Director did, it would still be a highly useful and powerful system that would help to prevent a number of very serious security issues and other risks.
But the tool is actually far more versatile than that and introduces a wide range of customization options that go above and beyond to create a completely unique working environment for the user.
One of the most basic but powerful features of Access Director for instance, is the ability to provide access to only certain programs. That means that the account as a whole will have standard privileges, but will be elevated only for specific programs.
This way, you could allow Microsoft Office to install necessary updates for instance, while preventing all other systems from having that kind of access.
Or let’s say that you want to use something like Teamviewer – a tool that lets you remotely operate a computer to provide IT support without being physically present. You could again set a rule that would allow full access for Teamviewer without simultaneously giving unrestricted access to all the other programs on your system (including unwanted malware).
This customization allows for a much more automated and seamless operation.
All settings are available using Group Policy ADMx templates, Group Policy Preferences, Registry key and package-side (MSI & EXE) configurations
The configurations can be tailored to accommodate for specific users or groups requirements.
And when you combine all these different settings, features, and customization options, you’ll be taking precise and detailed control over your entire system in a manner that is precisely tailored to your specific needs and those of your organization. This is an incredibly powerful tool then, and one that is going to make life a lot easier for a lot of businesses.
What’s more is that all of this can be controlled very precisely from a control panel, where it is also possible to monitor the tool’s use on other computers and to create logs of that use for reporting purposes.
Access Director is a very useful piece of software for any company that needs to keep private data secure and that wants to prevent avoidable system errors or other damage. However, the real power comes from how versatile it is and how it will still allow your users to work exactly as they need to. There’s no downside here – all necessary software can still be operated and you can handle each situation on a case-by-case basis, or using group based policies.