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How to setup a ADS system account?

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Can anyone help with VERY clear instructions on setting up a service acct on windows 2000 ADS please.. any help appreciated.
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by:mikecr
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Do you just want an account that has privlidges across the network?
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by:j1mlondon
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I guess so..yes. It neeeds to be able to run a program that is scheduled and must have system priviledges on each local machine.
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Hmm, that might be a bit hard. There actually isn't a "system" group on a Windows 2K machine. You would probably need to creat a domain account and add it to the local administrators group and run it like that. I normally don't do things like that so maybe someone else may have a better suggestion.
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by:j1mlondon
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Thats exactly what I am looking for...simple 1. 2. 3. steps to set up the account for domain wide in active directory.
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Okay then, you will need to go into Active Directory Users and Computers on a Windows 2K domain controller. Right click on the Organizational Unit that you would like to create the user in and choose New User from the menu. Fill out the appropriate information using the setup wizard. Once the account has been set up, go to the machines that you would like this account to have administrative rights on and right click on the My Computer icon on the desktop and choose Manage from the menu. Next, go to local users and groups and double click on it to expand it. Double click on groups and in the right hand pane, double click on the Administrators group. Next, click add and then in the top drop down box pick the name of your domain. Then go thru the list, find the user that you created and add them to the local computer. At that point your done. If there is anything else, let me know.
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Thank you. That is exactly what I wanted...but is it not possible to set up a domain wide service account. This is for a centralised Sophos AV and it needs some sytem priviledges to run.
Are you suggesting I create some sort of Domain Group called say Sophos, with Admin or Power user rights that can run with the necessary rights on each client machine????
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Or, you can either give the account you create domain admin or account operator privlidges, whichever works best, but don't give out the account information to anyone and this would work also.
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