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Unable to log into Windows 2012 server from console

Posted on 2016-08-01
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In the last week one of my clients servers has stopped the Administrator account from logging in from the console, you can however log in from a remote desktop session.

Nothing has changed on the domain other than the addition of a Hyper-V remote desktop server onto the domain, I've checked all the group policy settings and they all allow login from local device.

Spent most of the day today trying to resolve the problem, hopefully an expert can help, the error is :

The sign in method you're trying to use isn't allowed. For more info, contact your network administrator.
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Question by:niesmann
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by:Alexandre Michel
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Hi

Try to create a new Group Policy & add Domain users and administrator to the Allow Logon Locally in GPO,

Group Policy Management--> Computer Configuration --> Windows Settings --> Security Settings --> Local Policies -->

User Rights Assignment --> Allow Log on Locally  

Alex
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by:Philip Elder
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Compare the Default Domain Policy and the Default Domain Controllers Policy against an untouched version set.

As a rule, one should not edit those two GPOs ever.

It sounds like a smart card policy or the like has been implemented at a global scope.
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by:Adam Brown
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Alexandre's recommendation should work for you. Sounds like the user rights assignment was modified.
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by:niesmann
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Hi  
Many thanks for your advice, I have created a new GPO and applied and I still have the same problem, I've also compared the default domain policy's against another server on another domain and everything seems the same.

Is there a registry entry on the server itself that could restrict the login and if so which would take precedent the GPO or a local registry entry.

Never had this problem before

Thanks again
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by:Adam Brown
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run rsop.msc on the server and go to the user rights assignment section. That should tell you what the effective settings are and which GPO is "winning".
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by:niesmann
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Hi Adam

Just checked via rsop and the new policy I just created is winning and the allow local logon is set correctly , really odd.
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Hi all

Managed to find the solution eventually there was a local deny policy in place that had random characters as the user name, I removed the policy and was now able to logon, thanks for all your help on this and confirming I wasn't going bonkers, sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees !
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by:niesmann
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After Adam confirming I was on the right track with GPO eventually I managed to work out the solution
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