Server 2008 - can't add users to local admin

Posted on 2009-06-29
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
i have a new 2008 network - 2 2008 DCs (64bit) and a few member servers.

I have a SQL server - running on a fresh 2008/64 install (fully patched)
I created a user SERVICESQL and added to all teh domain type admin accoutns.
i can log in to the server, but I can't run the sql setup as the user - I get a permissions error (can't access file)

If I log in as administrator@domain I can run setup fine.

during the sql setup -there is a place to add other admins - when I try to add the sql account I get 'SVC SQL: No mapping between account names and Security IDs was done"

I also can't add any domain accounts in the local users under Administrators - when I try to add domain admins - it complains they are already there...

Question by:erikwhiteway
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Don't know if it matters - but all the machine are running in HV on 64 bit bases. (also on the domain)
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Darius Ghassem earned 300 total points
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So you created the user "SERVICESQL" in Active Directory and then added this user to the domain\Administrator group?

If so, go into SQL server mgmt studio, connect using Windows authentication and then make sure that user is a member of the BUILTIN\Administratoors under Security | Logins

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i think it may be a problem with the server SID - the macheine is an export / import of a generic HV base (befoer added to the doamin) but looks LIKE HV did not redo the sid Ilike I thought it would.

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Logging into the server as that windows user should solve the SID issue.
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Datedman earned 200 total points
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There's a program called NEWSID at

Might want to temp. disjoin the domain before using it.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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That most likely is your underlining issue.

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Looks lik ethe SID was the problem - export/import a generic HV install - renaming - and adding to the domain did not fix the SID.

I ran the tool - then removed and re-added to the domain (Shoudl have removed FIRST - then sid changed)


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