SBS – Administrator Account (Enabling?)

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By default the Administrators account in SBS 2008 is disabled, while this is not a bad thing and there are very valid reasons for it being disabled, some users still want to use it.

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Option 1 – Create another “Admin” Account

1. Start > run > dsa.msc {enter} > Right click users > New User > follow the onscreen prompts.

2.Right click the user you have just created and add them to the following groups > Administrators > Denied RODC Password Replication > Domain Admins > Domain Users > Enterprise Admins > Exchange Organization Administrators > Group Policy Creator Owners > Schema Admins > WSS_ADMIN_WPG.

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Note: You can also set the “Primary Group” to “Domain Admins.”

Option 2 – Enable the Administrator Account

1. You can quickly enable the Administrators account with the following command,

net user administrator /active:yes

enable account from command line

2. Remember you will still need to set a password for the account and it must comply with your password complexity policy if enabled.


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