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Allow Users to Change Date, Time & Time Zone

February 20, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m a big believer in following the "don’t put your primary account in the Administrators group” philosophy. Especially for “Users”. However, sometimes there are things that they just need to be able to do that require elevated privileges.

One of those things is changing the time zone. Users that travel need to be able to adjust the time zone on their laptop to reflect the time zone that they are in. Now in Vista, a regular user account can change the time zone. In XP the best you can do is give the user the ability to change the date, time & time zone. Sure the user changing the date or time could be bad especially on a domain because time being in sync is very important. But training (i.e. telling) the user to only change the time zone & not the time shouldn’t be that hard.

  1. Open the Local Security Settings MMC.
    Note:To open that MMC using the runas command you must first invoke the MMC console by running the following command:
    runas /user:domain\username “mmc %windir%\system32\secpol.msc”
  2. Expand Local Policies>User Rights Assignment.
  3. Double click Change system time & add the Users group.
  4. Open regedit & navigate to HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation.
  5. Right click TimeZoneInformation & give the Users group the following permissions:
    Query Value
    Set Value
    Create Subkey
    Enumerate Subkey
    Notify
    Read Control
  6. Log off then log on.
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Configure AT&T Broadband Card on Windows 7

February 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Like a lot of people I am trying out the Windows 7 Beta on one of my laptops. Though I haven’t dug into it very far I have to say that so far, I like it. In fact, I think I already like it more than Vista, although to some people that isn’t saying much.

I like it so much that I really want to start using it on my main laptop. What better way to dig into the nuts & bolts of the thing then using it every day? Installs were going surprisingly good until I ran into a show stopper (at least for me).

The laptop is a Dell with the built-in 5500 broadband data card for AT&T. Windows Update does have a beta driver for the device but the software from Dell to connect to the Internet does not install. After a few hours of searching the Internet for a beta version of the software, I remembered something I did a long time ago when I use to tether my good ole Cingular 8125 to my laptop. I just created a Dial-up connection. Here’s how I did it.

  1. Open the Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click Set up a new connection or network.
  3. Select Connect to the Internet & click Next.
  4. Select Dial-up.
  5. Select the broadband wireless card (i.e. Dell Wireless 5500 Mobile Broadband).
  6. Configure the Dial-up info as follows & click Connect.
    1. Dial-up phone number: *99#
    2. User name: WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM
    3. Password: CINGULAR1
    4. Remember this password: Checked
    5. Connection name: AT&T
    6. Allow other people to use this connection: Checked
  7. When prompted to choose the network location, select Public.
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