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Server 2003 - Users & Groups Not Showing Up In Computer Management

Posted on 2008-11-10
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Have a Server 2003 box on a domain, and am not seeing Users & Groups within the Computer Management interface.  How can I turn this on?  this is an older server and was provisioned before I arrived here and I don't seem to have much luck with this thing...and it is a DC!  I've attached a screen shot of what I am referring to...
Question by:akdreaming
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You need to use the Snap-in for Active Directory IUsers and Computers.
Depending how you system is setup, you can certainly get to it from here.
Control pAnel>Administrative tools>AD users and computers. DC's don't have local users

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Odd....I'll check again, but believe I have another peer DC in which I can get to it.  If I can't login to it using domain creds, I cannot login locally using the Administrator account?
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You do not have a local admin account on a DC. It is a domain controller and therefore has a domain account. Any other member server will allow local login through a local or domain administrator account but as soon as you make it a DC, you lose the SAM adatabase and in effect the local admin account is the domain admin account.
Hope that helps
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leegclystvale earned 1000 total points
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So, in summary, it's perfectly normal to not see the local Users and Groups on a domain controller :o)

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