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Logging onto a Windows 2003 Domain Controller

Posted on 2011-03-14
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I've always been a Domain Admin and or Administrator of the domain, so logging on to setup or resolve a printer issue hasn't been an issue.  

We have a new desktop person and we want them to be able to logon and work on printers.  Seems like this may be a challenge and that having the printers on the DC is an issue as only Domain Admins or Administrators are able to logon. Is that correct?  If so, any suggestions on how to resolve this?

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by:Vinamilk1001
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Hello ,

Try to put this person on the AD built-in group named "Server operators " and "Print operators , it delegate right to person make action on DC without to have the privilege to modify AD .

Second option is to have a dedicated Print Server or migrate the printers on another servers.
 
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Seth Simmons earned 500 total points
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to allow an ordinary user to logon to a domain controller, you change the domain controller security policy.  if it's at the console, add that user to 'allow logon locally' or for rdp access 'allow logon through terminal services'
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by:Neil Russell
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You have identified the problem yourself. You "Should" be moving the printer role off the AD and onto a member server.

Alowing ANYBODY except a domain admin access to your domain controllers is a very risky business.
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