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I have set up a Windows Server 2008 Core Edition, with a local administrator account only. I have set up (I think) remote connection and remote administration (following this).

I have set up RSAT on my Windows 7 Professional desktop, and i am logged with a local administrator account.

Remote desktop works all right, but I cannot get to use most of the administration tools:

  • I have access to Services and can stop/start services remotely.
  • I have access to the Task Manager.
  • I cannot use the Disk Manager (complains about access rights).
  • I cannot use the Users and Local Groups (access denied).
  • I cannot use the Device Manager (access denied).

I tried establishing a remote smb connection using net use \\server_name\IPC$ /u:Administrator *, to no avail.

Any idea ?

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you could consider learning to use the command line tools ;-) to do what you need: net user or net group (user management), diskpart/defrag (disk management), pnputil/devcon (devcon is not installed by default, see… ) for device management. – natxo asenjo Sep 24 '10 at 7:38
I clearly intend to do that. But RSAT would be very useful anyway, if only to check that my configuration is valid... – Mac Sep 24 '10 at 8:11

I had to play with cmdkey a bit with my out-of-domain Hyper-V server (which is a server core-based OS)

Trycmdkey /list:servernameto see what you're authenticating to your server core machine as.

If you don't like it, then you can change it withcmdkey /add:servername /user:administrator /pass:passwordand force your connection to the right username/password combination.

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Yeah. Start with: do not run server core without a domain. Bad idea to start with.

Keeping local Admin passwords in sync on both machiens may help - that way authentication should work.

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I've been using Core Configurator for all of my Hyper-V Servers, which are all just windows core with the hyper-v role installed. It seems to be pretty nice for a lot of the day to day stuff.

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