logging on as administrator on a user’s windows vista computer

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Vista
Network Administrator
User Permissions
how can i login on a user computer(windows vista) on windows server 2003 network. probably the user put certain permissions,how can i change that

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Create a new account in the domain and add it to the Domain Administrators group (gives a clean account to use). Now try it on the system. If the end user is an administrator on their box and removed Domain Administrators from the local administrators group, you have an issue and a rogue user.

You can create a GPO to enforce the Domain Administrators group is a member of the local administrators group. Create and apply the GPO so that the computer’s object has the policy applied. Either reboot the system or wait for the GPO refresh. Then log into the system using your Domain Administrator’s ID.

See what your company’s policies are on modification of systems and determine if policy enforcement action is required. You may need to work with leadership to create policies if they do not exist.

NOTE: There are other tricks to prevent you from logging into the system. You may have to reload the system and work on policy enforcement.

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You need to know the local administrator password to login to the machine. If you are on a domain, you can use the domain administrator account to login as well.

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  • Dawdaw
    im using the domain administartor account,but i cant log in. in the login box there are 2 options:this computer or the domain in both i cant log in as an administartor,only as a user how can i shange this setting,in windows vista and xp
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  • Labnuke99
    Is the computer a valid member of the domain? Check in AD Users and Computers and be sure that it is a valid object.
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  • Dawdaw
    ya it is. actually this is happening on some of the copmuters network not all of them.
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  • Labnuke99
    Did anyone apply special computer management GPO's to these devices? Is there a firewall issue? Providing you know the local machine admin login credentials, you should be able to override their settings - if you continue to have problems logging in with domain credentials, I would remove it from AD and get the user to explain to you what they did before permitting the machine back online and accessing domain resources. There are ways to gain admin access to the computer using various boot disks out there but that is outside the scope of this site (we try not to provide hacking instructions here).
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  • carlosdl
    What error message do you get when trying to login to the domain ? "in the login box there are 2 options:this computer or the domain in both i cant log in as an administartor,only as a user" Does that mean that you can login to the domain with a domain user account, but not with the domain administrator account ?
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  • Dawdaw
    exactly
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  • carlosdl
    what about the first question: What error message do you get when trying to login to the domain ?
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  • Fubar
    Login as user and then cmd --- command promt and start the program that you need with run as.
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  • Dawdaw
    on vista computers when logging in as a user,it tells underneath that im logging to the domain,but when logging as an administrator,it tells that im logging to the specified vomputer's name on xp computer the error msg says that only the specified user(name of user on that computer) and administartor can log in
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  • Michael Morisy
    Dawdaw, was your question answered enough to get access?
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  • Dawdaw
    i would be glad to solve the VISTA part help anyone! thank u
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  • carlosdl
    I'm sure you will get better answers if you provide more details, and the exact error messages you are getting. If you want to log in to the domain with the administrator account, you could use something like this for the user account: <DOMAIN_NAME>Administrator. Have you tried that ?
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  • carlosdl
    <DOMAIN_NAME>\Administrator.
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  • Dawdaw
    PERFECT THANK U
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