logon failure user account restrictions on file server

Posted on 2011-03-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a file server running windows 2k3 server. and a member server on the domain. my domain controller works fine as a file server. but all users are having problems accessing file and print resources. they get the following error logged on as a domain user.

"logon failure" user account restriction.

possible reasons are blank password not allowed, logon hour restrictions, or a policy restriction is enforced.  

help! its killing me i cannot figure it out.
Question by:SANDDRAGON2004
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by:Owen Rubin
ID: 35011867
Interesting, you answered some of your own question. The official Microsoft answer to this error is:

"The user name, domain, and password were accepted, but then an administrative restriction was encountered, such as the hours you may log on."

They suggest logging on as a different user.  Yea, right!

It seems that you need to edit the user's restrictions on the server to not have restrictions.

Do you see these problems as administrator? If not, then you know the problem. I suspect new users are created with all the same settings, so they all have the same restrictions. Try creating a new user, manually set the restrictions, and see if that user works. If it does, then you need to change user restricitons on each user.

Expert Comment

ID: 35011918
DC doesn't allow to log on to it regular domain accounts, you need to allow it explicitly. but it'll probably be not a good idea if you are not sure why that is set by default

Author Comment

ID: 35012232
domain admin works fine.

user accounts no bueno.
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Author Comment

ID: 35012246
I can add the same user to the domain admins group it works fine.

the users are members of the users group, and the domain users group. I have applied the domain users and users group the the file share, and to the folder security to no avail.

Expert Comment

ID: 35012428
You need to give users - Allow Log on Locally user right in the domain controller as well as add them to remote desktop users group. but that is not recommended by best practices

Author Comment

ID: 35018883
all logon users can access files and folders on the DC, but not this server. all users are members of the same groups.

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Owen Rubin earned 500 total points
ID: 35020257
So I understand this a bit differently now? Everything else works fine, just not the one server? Are you sure it is properly subscribed to the domain controller and that no additional restrictions are set locally on the server as well? The fact that admin can access but users cannot only on this one server points to security settings on the server itself, and something set to override the DC.

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