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Using Computer management to "connect to another computer'.  Problems.

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Ok. When I am in the Computer Management snap in, and choose to "connect to another computer", it doesnt always work with certain user's PCs.  What service/thing needs to be on for this to work?

Alot of times, what's happening is that I am able to connect (via connect to another computer), but am unable to view event viewer etc. It says access denied.  For most of my users,  I can connect and everything can be viewed. Just a few that I cant
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    by:KaliKoder
    Hello Dissolved,

    Are the computers all a part of the domain ? The computer you are getting the access denied message on, are you an administrator on that ? Is the domain global group of which you are a member of, a part of the local administrators group ? Do you have a firewall in place which is disabling access to File and print sharing on to that machine (port 139) ? Please post back

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    by:browolf
    are you trying to connect to winxp sp2 computers?

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    by:dissolved
    Hi, yes this is  a domain. I am a domain admin for the OU. And all the users are in the OU. Most of the clients are XP.
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    by:KaliKoder
    Ok, you are the OU admin then ? Please try the following:

    - Go on to the machine you can't manage remotely, log on to the machine locally with your username and password. Open up the MMC and see if it works for you there.
    - From a remote machine, map a drive to the machine you are not able to connect via mmc remotely. Are you able to map a drive ? (for example map a drive to \\thattroubledmachine\c$). If you are able to map a drive, while the drive is mapped, try connecting remotely using the MMC Snap in. Are you able to ? If not, please post what error message do you get

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    by:dissolved
    We're not running XP sp2. Only xpsp1 and some 2k clients. I am in an OU called NetAdmins. The rest of the users are in an OU called Building A (sub Ou: users).

    I have full administrative rights to the OU. what service does this depend on. Or in other words, what service is NOT ON that is preventing me from connecting to their computer
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    by:dissolved
    btw, I dont have a local account on the users PCs. All user/admin accounts are in the domain controller. No firewalls are on user's pc
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    by:KaliKoder
    Did you try mapping a drive to the machine in questions and then try connecting via MMC ?
    You dont need to have an account on the user's pc, however the account you are logged on to your machine with currently (while trying to connect the MMC on the remote machine) should have admin rights on that machine. I guess the question I am asking is.. Is your user account a part of the local administraors group on the machine in question ? Please post back

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    by:dissolved
    I see what you're saying. I need LOCAL admin rights to the PC. So I should go to the users PC, use the computer management snap in, go to "GROUPS"  and add my domain name in there.
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    I had assumed that the "admins" group you are a member of in Active Directory, is  a part of the local admin group on all the machines. If it is not, then yes, you do definitely need to be a local admin
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    by:dissolved
    You saved my A$$, thanks
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    by:KaliKoder
    Hahahaha :-) You are most welcome and Thank You too!
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