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net localgroup does not work

Last Modified: 2013-11-25

I am running Windows 2003 Domain controllers. The application server in question is Windows 2003 Sp2.

I am trying to add the following security group, "London\$group-EMEA-GBLO-HR-Groupname" to the local Administrators group, using the following command

net localgroup "Administrators" /add "London\$group-EMEA-GBLO-HR-Groupname"

and am getting the following message;

The syntax of this command is:

[groupname [/COMMENT:"text"]] [/DOMAIN]
              groupname {/ADD [/COMMENT:"text"] | /DELETE}  [/DOMAIN]
              groupname name [...] {/ADD | /DELETE} [/DOMAIN]

I assume this is because net.exe is limited to groups with 20 characters or less, so I changed the pre-Windows 2000 group name to "$group-EMEA-GBLO-HR-" in ADUC, which is exactly 20 characters.

When I try and run the command again, I am getting a "no such groups exist" message. Hopefully, this is because of DC replication times.

Couple of questions I was hoping someone could help me with;

a) Is the fact that I am getting the "no such groups exist" message post changing the name due to DC replication  or will even changing the pre-Windows 2000 group name not fix this?

b) I have typed in 'set' at DOS prompt on the server, but can't see a DC that the machine is connected to...how can I check this?

c) Apart from the net.exe limitation, are there any other reasons not to have group names > 20 characters

d) Following on from the above, are there any reasons not to have pre-Windows 2000 username > 8 characters?

Urgent, so max points.

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