Domain User logged as "Administrator"

Posted on 2011-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I know this is going to sound at first like it is not a server issue, but I cannot think of anything else it could be...

We print banner pages that all come from the same shared template on the server and lists Logon Name, Date, Time, etc.

One user, and one user only prints his logon name as "Administrator".  He is not an Administrator ANYWHERE, not on the server, not on his workstation.  Here's why I think it is on the server side:  1) Any user can logon to his workstation and the banner pages print with the correct username, and 2) He can logon to any other workstation and his pages always print "Administrator"; instead of his username.

This is on every printer, not just one.  There are no settings on these printers for usernames.  The server is SBS 2008 and the workstation is Windows 7 (all workstations in the organization are Windows 7).  

I've scoured the Internet and can find others with the same issue, but no solutions.  I've put 500 points on this one, since no one has come up with a solution yet - anywhere.
Question by:SudsyBrew
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    What a strange problem :)

    Check his group memberships in AD. See if he is member of print operators or any group that is member of print operators.

    Thats the only thing I can think of now.

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    He is configured the same as all other users - member of All Users and Remote Web Workspace Users.

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    Im sorry, then I have no clue.
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    by:Cliff Galiher
    It *sounds* like your banner pages pull this information from the environment variables that are first initiated when a user logs in. User environment variable can roam, can be set by a user in the system control panel, by a logon script, or by 3rd-party utilities.

    My first guess is his profile has either a manually set environment variable overriding the default or has a program that launches on login (batch file or executable) that overwrites that environment variable, so it'll follow him.

    If true, this technically isn't a server issue or AD account issue, but simply a profile issue.

    Open a command prompt and type simply "set" to see the environment variables. I bet you'll see one that says "Administrator" and you can go from there to find out WHY that is being set and what you need to do to fix it.


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    Thanks for the info.  Here's the output from the set command, but I don't see "Administrator" anywhere...

    CommonProgramFiles=C:\Program Files\Common Files
    OnlineServices=Online Services
    Path=C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live;C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\WORLDOX
    PROCESSOR_IDENTIFIER=x86 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5, GenuineIntel
    ProgramFiles=C:\Program Files

    I don't see anything here out of the ordinary.

    Thanks for your help.
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    I've got something that might solve this for you, even though we never get to know what's wrong.

    Are you using roaming profiles? I guess you are since he can logon everywhere.

    Backup the user profile, then delete it or rename it on the server where it roams. Logon with the user again and see that he hasa blank profile. Copy over the settings you need from the old profile and he should be up and running again.

    Let me know if you need help with the profiles bit, windows 7 can be a bit tricky on that.

    In Windows 7 theres no longer enough to rename c:\users\%username%

    1.      Logon the machine as administrator
    2.      Start regedit
    a.      Find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windowsNT\current version\ProfileList
    b.      Here you will see many long SID keys  S-1-123-123123123123123123 etc
    c.      Click on them one by one and find the one belonging to your user. You'll see it on the keys in the windows to the right. It's in the key called User.Klikk på dem en etter en. Finn den som tilhører din bruker. Du ser det på nøklene i vinduet til høyre
    d.      When you find your user, delete the entire S-1-123-12312312312313 folder/key that belonged to the user.
    e.      Now you can rename the user folder in C:\users to username.old
    3.      Restart the computer
    4.      Log on with the user again, he now has a new blank profile.

    If you use roaming profiles, he will now get the roaming profile copied to his computer again. So you need to delete that on the server (remember to backup first!!) BEFORE you logon as the user on the local computer in step 4.
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