Server Logon Error Message: “The local policy of this system does not permit you to logon interactively”

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Hi - We are getting the message at Windows XP Logon: "The local policy of this system does not permit you to logon interactively." I came in to work this morning and our network connection was down. I think our server performed Windows updates overnight and rebooted. I went to the server to re-establish it but got the message above. There are no other options, as the error message popup window is the only thing on the screen after trying the logon, so I can't access anything at all. I have tried rebooting to no avail. I have tried logging in as both Administrator or softwareadmin and it won't accept my logon info. We're completely inoperable - eek! I'm not an IT person, so it would be very helpful if you could explain a solution in laymen's terms.

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*** Updated on 11/24/2007 by Wrobinson ***

Domain users are not allowed to log on interactively to a server by default. In order to do so, a user or group must be granted the “allow log on locally” right (see http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/15744f9c-e188-4fac-ac60-9380a58b30ae1033.mspx?mfr=true).

This can be done using Active Directory group policy if it is needed to apply across a range of computers. It can also be applied locally, so long as no domain group policies override it. If the server in question is a domain controller then the change must be made to the default domain controller policy.

*** End Update ***

You mentioned that you’re not an IT person – does your organization have any IT people anywhere? Or is this a smaller outfit without an IT person?

Generally, if your organization is small, you should have an IT person – usually an independent contractor, who has been brought in when things are NOT in emergency mode.

On to your problem though…

Have you tried booting into “Safe Mode” ? When the windows logo FIRST appears, start pressing the F8 key, until you get a menu which includes safe mode.

I realize that you said you’re a layman, but since you mentioned XP and server in the same paragraph, I’m assuming you meant “Windows Login Screen”, since XP is not a server OS.

Do you have a (windows) domain?

Is your server a “real server” ? or just another workstation acting in the role?

If you still cannot log in from there, write back.

I’ll also send you some info by private message.

Bob

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  • Cattech
    Not sure if I can revive this discussion or not - however we just acquired a new customer who has the same issue except for the fact that it's Server 2003 - and they already removed the system from the domain. Local security policy still has ALL accounts locked out. Any suggestions?
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