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Local Admin Authority on NT and XP workstations connected to MS 2003 Server

Posted on 2004-08-11
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We recently changed our Domain server from NT Server to MS 2003 Server. Previously our workstations (NT & XP) had local Admin rights.  Now that the NT & XP workstations are connected to Server 2003 we no longer have loacal Admin authority.  How can we get local Admin rights back to the NT & XP workstations?  
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by:shard26
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When you say "we" do you mean everyone at the company or just the admins?

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by:jpschmitt
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To clairfy:

Our Company Domain Admin recently converted the previous domain server from NT Server to Server 2003.  Under the previous arrangement, our Engineering Department ran a seperate data server which ran NT Server.  Consequently, with our data server running NT Server networked to the primary server also running NT server, I was able to see the same users on our department NT file server as the domain server running NT.  So I gave all of my engineers local admin rights. Now we no longer run our own server bercause we transferred our data to the domain server.  Our Domain Admin is somewhat limited and generally uses contractors to help him with anything beyond general maintenance duties.  I can log onto the domain because I have the Admin password. (given to me by our domain Admin)  I want to once again give my engineers local admin rights on their NT and XP workstations.  I believe the 2003 server was installed with the out-of-the-box security settings, consequently our engineers can't install or configure software, map network printers etc.
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So basically the engineering dept use to have local admin rights but now they do not?
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shard26 earned 250 total points
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Can't you just add them back in to the local admin group? Or is it a ton of computers?

You can do it from your computer (if you're logged in as a domain admin). Right click My Computer - Manage - right click Computer Management - Connect to another Computer - put in thier computer name - system tools - local users and groups - groups - administrators - Add


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by:jpschmitt
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A bit more detail would have helped -specifically regarding the last "add".  I discovered through research that "add" means both the user name and the domain name.
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-shard 26-
The proposed remedy matches options available in XP but not in NT, I would be willing to increase the points to 500 if you could give me the workable solution for an NT workstation also.

Jim
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