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Local Users and Groups does not show up in Computer Management on 2003 Server

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Hello, I have a Win 2k3 Domain controller that also runs Terminal Services (small biz with ony one server NON SBS)

I tried to remote in as administrator via RDP and got a permissions error.  When I went to look at the remote desktop users local group, I couldn't get into Local Users and Groups in computer management.  It wasn't there at all.  

How do I get in there to check if Administrator has access to RDP?

Why isn't it there, and what should I do?

Thanks in advance!
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There is no local users and groups on a domain controller.  You have to use the domain-level users and groups to set permissions for a domain controller.
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To put it another way:

 Start -> Administrative Tools -> Active Directory Users and Computers
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So where did I add users for local RDP access?
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You add them from the domain. This is one reason why MS recommend that Terminal Services is NEVER installed on a domain controller.
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Ok, cool.  Yes, I know about the TS not on DC recommendation.  This is a 5 user shop, and the application they were setting up has to run on a TS.  It wasn't in the budget for doing SBS + TS or similar.  

I will take a look next time I go there at the AD users and groups.  
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If you are using SBS then not only is terminal Server on the DC not recommened but you can't physically install it on an SBS machine
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Seconding KCTS's post - you did not mention before that you were using SBS, but KCTS is correct.  You cannot install TS in application mode on a SBS machine; the SBS licensing includes only 2 terminal server CALS and they can be used in remote administration mode only.
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Hello, I have a Win 2k3 Domain controller that also runs Terminal Services (small biz with ony one server NON SBS)...
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OK - I think maybe your reference to SBS in that post was a little confusing.  If you do NOT have SBS on this server, but standard Windows 2003 Server, then you should be OK.  Don't forget that you need to purchase TS CALs for users who will be logging on to the terminal server.
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