Windows Server 2012 R2 Administrator Privileges
Posted on 2016-08-31
I have just set up a new bank of VPS at GoDaddy. They are replacing another server which my software development teams uses for dev and testing. Now that I have the servers online and am configuring each of them for their specific roles, I have had problems with user account permissions.
When I set the VPS up with GoDaddy, I had to create a user account for myself to access the server through RDP. Once I got those accounts established and started configuring the servers I noticed an odd issue on all of the servers. Most of the tasks I perform require me to either acknowledge that administrator rights are required and click through a warning to perform the action, or I have to launch a program (like Notepad) as an administrator to complete an action.
I understand that the built in administrator has elevated privileges, which are necessary for some actions, but I am being required to provide those credentials for too many activities. I don't have to enter username a password, but I have to click through the elevated privileges often. This is even a requirement when I want to paste a file to a directory on a hard drive partition that I created with my user account which is assigned to the administrator group.
I have several other servers, some are virtual and others dedicated, with several other hosting providers, but I don't have this experience on any of those servers. I have logged in to both a GoDaddy server and one with another hosting provider to compare user account permissions, UAC, HDD owner, etc. for the accounts I use personally on each machine and all of the settings I have checked are identical. This issue has completely stumped me.
I am sure there is something on these GoDaddy VPS devices that I am overlooking, but I can't find it. Can someone offer a suggestion or know of a solution to the problem?