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Accessing 2003 Domain Controller without being a Domain Admin

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Hoping someone can help me. I have a requirement for a couple of staff to RDP or direct logon to a Windows2003 Domain Controller, but they are not members of the Domain Admins group.

Where on the server can I add them to allow local access and RDP access, with the same rights if it had a local Administrators account.

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by:valrog
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Why would you give non-Admins rights to a DC?  Do you know the havoc they could cause?  

Anyhow,  I think you may need to install terminal services.
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by:Nero_Wolfe
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Because, to satisfy auditors there can only be a limited amount of Domain Admins, which is myself and the backup account.  However i need the it staff to be able to login to the server at the console or via RDP.  I know it can be done, as i've had it done before - something to do with local policies - but I can't remember how to do it.

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Open the Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc)

Edit the "Default Domain Controllers Policy"

Computer Configuration
 Windows Settings
  Security Settings
   Local Policies
    User Rights Assignments
    --- Allow logon locally
    --- Allow logon through terminal services


Sorry it took so long, I was working on the same problem also (Test Enviroment)
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by:Nero_Wolfe
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Thanks - much appreciated.  I thought it was in Policies somewhere, but just couldn't lay my hand to the location.

Thanks again.
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