\\C$ works for all but one server

Admin can log into workstation and access \\Server1\C$
Limited User can log into workstation and access \\Server2\c$ after elevating explorer as admin
Limited user cannot log into workstation and access \\Server1\C$ after elevating explorer as admin.

Its as if elevation itself isn't working.   but it works for other servers.  why?
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John CrawfordIT AdministratorCommented:
So you have qty 2 different servers your working with: \\Server1 and \\Server2, correct?
Is the limited user an admin on \\Server1?  Does the limited user have an account on \\Server1?
csg-unitAuthor Commented:
These two servers are 2012 R2 both.  There are 23 servers total, they all behave the same as server2, except server1 is acting weird.

Limited user gets Server1\C$ once they are local admin on that server.  But this doesn't need to be the case on Server2, they just nav to it and admin prompt for elevation works.  UPDATE: Server1 is a fileserver and drives are mapped to it as limited user.  Limited user cannot elevate explorer.exe with admin credentials when attempting to access Server1\c$, but has no issues with Server2\c$.  and server2 through server23 for that matter.  they are all part of the same domain.
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Is it possible that someone deleted the default admin share and added their own c$ share on server 2 and put the limited user or the group its in on the permission list?
csg-unitAuthor Commented:
I checked the C$ share permissions on Server1 and these are still non-modifiable, thus default.  For that to be done on server2 would be unusual, but since server2's behavior mirrors the other 21 servers' behaviors, the rest having done this way would be nearly impossible.  Server1 is the outlier. Something else was changed to have caused the inability to elevate explorer into Server1's admin shares, but its not known what.  my theory now is the fact that its also the only server drives are mapped to,and its mapped using the logged on user creds, kills my ability to elevate other instances of explorer.exe.
csg-unitAuthor Commented:
Confirmed - Drives mapped to the server whose C$ I can't access apparently over rode my ability to elevate explorer.exe to get to C$ even as admin.

Delete the mappings allowed me to elevate.

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csg-unitAuthor Commented:
You cannot auth into SMB locations on the same destination using explorer.exe under multiple logons simultaneously.  accessing an administrative share that prompts for credentials will not elevate explorer.exe if you have drives/network locations to the same server that were mapped upon logon under the original user or another user.
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