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Hi Experts,

I've got Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2012 running in my network. Can i just disable the local administrator accounts? If not, can i just change the passwords of the local administrator accounts?
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by:rhandels
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On the server itself?? Do make sure to have some sort of backdoor to get into the server if trust with the domain is broken. Otherwise it isn't a problem to change the password if the account is not used to start some sort of service. And changing the password is not a problem at all.
On a workstation that is member of the domain i would most definitely disable the local administrator account.
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by:Mohammed Khawaja
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Of course you could disable them but you wouldn't want to do that.  You should change the password and maybe rename the account.  Reason for having a local admin account is to ensure the system could be managed in case there are issues (i.e. network card failure, computer account getting corrupted, etc.).
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Thanks guys!

Is there a simple way to check what accounts are used for the services running?
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You could run the powershell command below:

gwmi win32_service | format-table caption, startname
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by:SvenIA
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Thanks. Last question.

The local system account, is that the same as the local admin account?
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Hi,

The same question been already discussed in EE. Please have a look http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_27421880.html

Hope this helps!
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Thanks!
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