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I have a new hire.  I would like to allow her the ability to remotely login to domain controllers to reset passwords and create accounts in Active Directory.  I have her in the account operator,domain users and remote desktop group.  When I attempt to login via RDP the server responds:

To log on to this remote computer, you must be granted the Allow log on through
Terminal Services right.  By degault, members of the remote desktop
users group have this right.  If you are not a member of the remote desktop users group
or another group that has this right, of if the remote desktop user group does not have this
right, you must be granted this right manually.  

I want to restrict this user so she can't install software or make any changes to the server and I don't want to relinquish the admin account.  What would be the most practical Active Directory group membership assignment?
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There is no need to let this user logon to the domain controller.
Install adminpak.msi on her workstation, she can then use the ADUC console directly from here workstation.
You'll find adminpak.msi in the system32 folder of your DC.
How to use Adminpak.msi to install a specific server administration tool in Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314978
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What if I want this person to rdp into the server but have minimal permissions?
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Create a group "DCRemoteDesktopUsers" or whatever, open the Terminal Services Configuration MMC from the Administrative Tools menu, open the properties of the RDP-tcp protocol, and assign the same permissions as the Remote Desktop Users group (the latter is a local group which can't be used in AD). Add the user account to this group, and she should be able to logon to the DC through RDP.
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Hi

Your goals

>  to reset passwords and create accounts in Active Directory.

As oBdA states, load Admin pack on client machine and then set up delegrations in AD with permissions to achieve your goals

To start you off have a read here

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/235531
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I've not read all of this, but this link appears to be better going by the screen shots

http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Implementing-Active-Directory-Delegation-Administration.html
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Gentleman. Sorry about  the delay. I will pursue the suggestions early next week and report back with response.  Please don't remove question.  
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