Elevated Privileges (EP) allow you to perform configuration changes or other advanced functions on your computer that ordinary users are not authorized to perform. Some examples are to install home printers, changing time settings, troubleshoot a home Internet connection, install approved software for development work, run custom programs, etc.
Elevated Privileges Management (EPM)
(Viewfinity for Windows)
In an effort to provide a more secure computing environment, an Elevated Privileges Management (EPM) software tool, Viewfinity, has been selected to facilitate elevated privileges (EP) on Windows computers at HQ. Viewfinity permits users to utilize certain admin rights and allows for fine grade control over permission levels. It can grant specific users or groups local administrative access to specific applications or functions.
For example, when you try to perform a function that requires EP, there may already be a rule in place that allows the function to occur without the need to contact the HQ Elevated Privileges Team or the requirement to be a local administrator. If a rule is not in place, there is a process to request it be added or approved.
Viewfinity mitigates security risks and allows Windows users to have many of the same privileges as when having full elevated privileges – including installing software, adding printers, changing time settings, and running software that requires EP. As a result, you will have more control over certain processes on your computer, such as installing your own printer driver, without going through a lengthy approval process. In addition, since administrative rights are no longer needed for some users, they can be removed.
Viewfinity will eventually replace traditional EP for most users who require the capability.
EPM Quick Reference Guide
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