Server 2003 Network Making a domain user a local administrator.

Posted on 2008-11-03
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
If I put a computer on a domain, and then log in as a user on the network. What is the best way to make that user a local administrator?

Question by:mrmyth
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    Expert Comment

    If its a domain controller you cant.
    If its just a member server then go into the control panel and go to administrative tools then computer management
    Expend systel tools then expend local users and groups.
    Under groups you will see administrators.  Double click and add the user to that group
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Joseph Daly
    You would need to log in as an administrator on that machine. And then go to control panel, users and groups, and then add the user and domain name into the admin group.
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    Accepted Solution

    For a single computer
    logon as Local Administrator to the computer (not the domain)
    Right click on "My Computer" and select Manage
    Expand "Local Users and Groups->Groups->Administrators
    Click Add
    Enter the full user name eg domain\username
    and OK out again

    You can add users to Local Administrators with group policy.

    First put the users that you want to give local admin rights to into a security group (or you Domain Users if you want it to apply to all users)

    Create and OU that contains the computers that you want them to have rights on and put the computers into the OU. Note that this cannot be the Computers Container and should not contain any servers or Domain Controllers for obvious reasons.

    Create a group policy that configures the security group as a Restricted Group, and under the "This group is a member of...", option add "Administrators"

    Link the GPO to the OU that contains the computers

    Run gpupate/force to update the policy


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