Renaming Administrator

This may sound extremely silly but I cannot find where to rename the Administrator.

I did this:

Start -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> System Tools

I was expecting to find Local Users and Groups....but it is NOT there. I only see the usual Event Viewer, Shared Folers, Performance Logs and Alerts, and Device Manager.

Thanks in advance,

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You should be able to add it manually (odd that it's not there).  Run "MMC /A", go to the file menu and select "Add/Remove Snap-in", in the window that appears, click the add button, then scroll down the list for "Local Users and Groups".  Click Add and then OK Out.
you are on a Domain Controller. There are no local Users anymore.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If that were the case, there should be an "X" through that Local Users and Groups.
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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
click "Start"
type "compmgmt.msc"
select "Local Users and Groups"
select "Users"
In right window pane, select "Administrator"
right click on "Administrator"
choose "rename"

Hope this helps!


> If that were the case, there should be an "X" through that Local Users and Groups.
Not on an SBS DC.
It's just not there.
You should find it here:

Administrative Tools>Domain Controller Security Policy>Security Settings>Local Policies>Security Options=Accounts: Rename Administrator Account

This is the correct place and way to do it.

Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
True - it would help if they posted what version of Windows they were using...

Although folloing my instructions would have led to the solution as a message appears stating that user accounts are managed in Active Direcotry.
Hey Lee,

Question posted in Windows Server 2003!!

Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:

Also, would be nice if he mentioned if it were a DC or not.
Ahh, gotcha.  I neglected the versions - however, I can't say the answer for this particular issue would be different.

I think the fact the Local Users and Groups is missing should be an indication that this is a DC.

If you are on a domain controller and do not have the Active Directory Users & Computers dialog you can do:
dsa.msc <enter>
The administrator account (if it has not been moved) should be in the Users container.
Right-click on the admin account name and select <rename>.

Be cognizant of any services that may be running under the administrator context (AV software, etc).


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jdustinbAuthor Commented:
This is a domain controller running standard edition. Thanks for all of your help!
jdustinbAuthor Commented:
Also, while I was able to navigate to the direction that Netman66 gave, I was unable to actually change it there. I only hope I divied the points up properly.

Thanks again!
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