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How can I change the group policy (or security) settings that will allow servers to be logged onto using the local administrator account?

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How can I change the group policy (or security) settings that will allow Server 2003 servers to be logged onto using the local administrator account?

Currently whenever I click on the drop down arrow next to the Log on to field, the only option that displays is the Domain name. I don't have the option to logon to the server using a local administrator account.

Also, whenever I open local computer management, I don't have the option to view the local computer accounts or to change the passwords on any of the local computer accounts.
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Is the server a domain controller??  

Domain Controllers don't have local administrator accounts.
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Do you mean you want to logon to server 2003 using local administrative account or domain user account?

If you want a user (domain or local user) to logon to server, you need to set user to allow logon locally

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc756809%28WS.10%29.aspx
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No, these servers in question are not domain controllers.
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If that's not domain controller then you will see local accounts and groups
On DC  you don't get local admin and account

also can you do \\sysvol, i believe if you don't see local computer management and account then that box will be a dc

anyways to logon to the local system which is not a dc use the following syntax
hostname\username
password
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Also on DC SAM gets disabled and the only way that you can login is using DRSM user name and password in DSRM mode.
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It turns out that these two servers used to be domain controllers, but now they have been demoted to being member servers.

What do I need to do to make it so that they can be logged onto using local usernames?
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Ok if they were DC, were they demoted gracefully?

check in AD sites and Services if you see them under servers.

do you see them in ADUC under domain controllers container

Perform a meta data cleanup if required

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