What user permissions are needed to run an application on Server 2003

Posted on 2011-05-12
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Hi Experts,

I have a regular domain user who needs to be able to terminal into a Windows 2003 server and run an application.  I have set the "Allow login through Terminal Service" and also added the user as apart of the Remote Desktop Users group, so he is now able to logon to the server.

The issue is that when he tries to run the application he gets a RunTime Error 52 Bad File Name or Number.  I suspect that this is due to access permissions because when I log on with a domain admin account the application runs perfectly fine.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Question by:RoyoR
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    Accepted Solution

    Users needs local admin rights to the server.  You shouldn't install applications on a user session.  U need to console and make sure the TS is in app mode.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the quick response.  We don't actually have any TS licenses, we are just using the default 2 Remote Desktop Connections that comes with Server 2003 so there is no way to put it into app mode.

    Also we aren't actually installing the applicaiton on a user session, an administrator installed the applicaiton already, the user just needs to be able to run it.
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    Expert Comment

    Ok I'm with ya.  The user needs local admin on the server.  Make sure u use the /console switch.

    Author Comment

    Thanks, this is what I suspected but just wanted to make sure.  Can anyone else confirm that the only way to allow this is by adding the user to the local admin group on the server?

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