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Dear All,
I feel strange that my windows 2000 server has a winline account which belongs to user and administrator group.. as I know, I didn't add such a user. am I in any trouble??

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Winline seems to be a plotting application.

Do you have such a program installed?

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No.. I dont install any plotting application.. I have only hp printer installed..
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Unless you have a network where possibly an adminstrator set up this account, the only other reason for an account like that is installing a software package that requires it. In such a case, the program should ask you to name the new account and insert a password so that you are aware of it.

Since this is a server and I'm sure that for security reasons you want to close this hole, but of course don't want an important application to stop responding because you deleted an account, give me few more days to do some checking.

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In cases like these, I would suggest doing a full backup, including the SAM and other admin files.
Also create and ERD floppy.

Then you can feel free to delete the user.

If there are any problems, you can resotre the SAM etc., to it's previous  version.

I hope this helps !
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I think that's a very good idea! You can either do a full backup or just a system-state backup additional to your normal backup if you do one (Hopefully, you do..).

You can do the ERD backup using the NTBACKUP command from the RUN prompt. This will create a recovery diskette of registry info, SAM database, Startup environment, etc, and also save a copy in %systemroot%\repair.

You can then delete the account, and if you find you needed that account and cannot restore it manually, you can restore the SAM database using the repair option off of the CD.

BTW kcwang7, I called in Sysexpert to help on this one, so please, if this solves your problem, give him the points. :)

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