How to change Administrator's login name

Hi, How can I change the Administrator's login name so it will be harder to guess?

Thanks,
Joseph
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NaydowskiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi Jospeh!

If it is a domain controller, it is important, which DC you have. If it is an NT4 DC, you can do that under User Manager. If it is a W2K DC, you must do it under Active Directory Users and Computers on the Administrator account object, usually found under "Users" or under "Builtin" (I am at home at the moment). Just change the account name *and* the NT4 compatible account name under "Properties".

Important is: Changing the login account is different from changing the display name. When you log on with this changed account you have to use the account name you entered in the account name field and not the display name field.

Lutz
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mikecrCommented:
If you right click on the My Computer icon and choose Manage from the menu, in the next window go to Users and Groups and click on the users folder. In the right hand pane you will see the Administrator account. Right click on it and choose rename and that's it. Just remember what you named it. It is also a good idea to put in a back door with admin rights so if you forget the one, you always have another.
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aeklundCommented:
From within --> Computer Management --> Local Users And Groups --> Users

Right click on the Administrator account and Click on Rename...
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sjsAuthor Commented:
I had already tried that.  That's not all to it.
Thanks,
Joseph
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ajmalkhanswCommented:
1 Right click on My Computer icon on the desktop
2 Click on Manage then
3 Local Users and Groups
4 Users
5 administrator (ename it with your desired ID)
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sjsAuthor Commented:
It is a domain controller.  However which field(s) must be changed?
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sjsAuthor Commented:
It is a domain controller.  However which field(s) must be changed?
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sjsAuthor Commented:
Naydowski,

Why do I have to change the logon name for "the NT4 compatible account name" (user logon name pre windows-2000)?  I don't have any 4.0 machines?
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NaydowskiCommented:
Hi Joseph!

You don´t have to do it, but I would recommend it, so you can´t forget that fact.

Lutz
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sjsAuthor Commented:
I did have to do it.
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sjsAuthor Commented:
I did have to do it.
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NaydowskiCommented:
Hi!

It depends on how you log on: If you use the W2K-compatible way only (user@domain.com in the user account field, without filling out the domain field) you should not need the NT4-compatible account. If you log on via NetBIOS-domain\username (user in the user account field, domain field filled with the NetBIOS-domain name), you need it.

Lutz
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sjsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your clarification Lutz.
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