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local policy of this system does not allow you to log on interactively

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This is a new DC running SBS 2003.  I can only log on as the administrator.  All other attempts, including attempts by other Domain Admins are answered with the message: "The local policy of this system does not allow you to log on interactively"

I tried disabling the "Deny Logon Locally" group policy - no luck.  What do I do next?
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by:Netman66
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Log in as Admin.
Open the Default Domain CONTROLLER policy (note "controller")
Under the Computer Config>Windows Settings>Security Settings>Local Policies>User Rights Assignment - in the Deny Logon Locally policy element remove all the groups shown except {servername}\ASP.NET (if it exists).
Close group policy.

From the command prompt:

secedit /refreshpolicy machine_policy /enforce

Advise.


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by:MarkusKolbeck
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You also need to check the "Allow log on locally" policy.
Confirm that the Security Groups and Users are listed.
Do this on the "Default Domain Controllers Policy", available via the Group Policy Objects snap-in in the mmc.

Afterwards run GPUPDATE, not secedit, as Microsoft changed it in 2003. (I guess in the SBS Edition as well ;-)

You can confirm your settings running rsop.msc (Start - run).

By the way: Your "other Domain Admins" are trying to log on "really locally" (physically in front of the DC unsing that keyboard) or via RDP from a different PC?
In the latter case you would have to change RDP permissions (system properties - remote - select remote users).

Markus
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by:dspent
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Try going to Local Security Policy -

Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options

And checking the interactive logon settings. Also as stated before DO NOT configure Deny log on locally and you could also NOT configure log on locally as well.  Do this  for the Local security policy and then also do the same thing for the Default Domain Controller Policy.
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by:Netman66
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Local Security Policy is a subset of Default Domain Controller Policy - either one can be used.
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by:MarkusKolbeck
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Netman66:
No, its not ;-)
The "Local Security Policy" is part of the local Group Policy individual to each W2K, XP and W2K3 System.
This one will be overwritten by the Domain Policies, if configured.

It won't help much if he makes changes there but only in the "Default Domain Controllers Policy".

Configuring both Policies would be a waste of time and time is precious ;-)

Agree?
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by:Netman66
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If you open Local Security Policy it displays the Local Security entires for the machine.

If you open Default Domain Controller Policy the Local Security entries are the same.  The first snap in is focused on just the Local Security options.

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by:specialguest
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Follow-up:

These ideas did not solve the problem.

To clarify (for MarkusKolbeck) - I am trying to log on physically to the DC as another person.  I would like to be able to use this as a workstation (for various reasons).

Any other ideas about where to look and what might be limiting my ability to log on locally (interactively)?
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By default all but built-in Admin accounts and Domain Admin (type) accounts are not allowed to log into the console.

You will need to manually add the user or group of users to the "Allow logon locally" group policy element.

It can be found here:

Default Domain Controller Policy>Local Policies>User Rights Assignment>Allow logon locally.

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by:specialguest
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None of these comments solved my problem, but they helped point me in the right direction.  After doing what they recommended, I also had to explicitly add the user rights in several places and I'm still not sure which of the changes I made were the critical ones.  I guess I'll split the points - thanks for your help.
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