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How can I access machines in the network as local admin in Windows 7?

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Have you tried? Like have you typed in .\localadminaccount or machinename\localadminaccount??? Just because it tries to make you connect as a domain user by default, doesn't mean that's the only way to connect. :/ –  HopelessN00b Jul 17 '12 at 20:59

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Try typing in .\localadminaccount or machinename\localadminaccount in the username field of the credentials dialogue that pops up. Just because it tries to make you connect as a domain user by default, doesn't mean that's the only way to connect. ;)

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The local administrator account is disabled by default under 7. Best practice would be to leave it as such.

If you really want a local admin accounts you can create an accounts set passwords, etc - with group policy preferences as well as assign the new account to the local administrators group.

The better practice would be to create a new domain group - say 'desktop admins' - and assign this group to the local administrators group. Put your domain accounts into this group to provide access.

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You can enable this behaviour by adding the registry key descibed at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951016.

Basically:

Under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

Set:

LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy = DWORD 0x1

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