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I would like to add a local user account from a remote computer to a local group on a Windows "server core" box. Neither the workstation, nor the server are in a domain. Is that possible?

Will something like this work? net localgroup "Distributed COM Users" /add computer\user

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Just a note: this is for remote administration. I need to manage the server from a box on the same network, so I'm looking for a way to get the server to recognize the user's credentials. – sep332 Sep 7 '12 at 15:02
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No, it's not possible. You can't add a local user from MachineA to a local group on MachineB.

If you create a local user on the server that is the same as the local user on the remote machine and you make it so that the passwords are identical, you can grant that user access to resources on the server and it will work. It's not a great solution since you need to know that user's password and you need to keep it in sync.

If you need this kind of control, you really need AD.

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Thanks :) I forgot to mention that it's a "server core" install, so I need the remote access for basic administration. I only have one server and two users so AD might be overkill. – sep332 Sep 6 '12 at 17:35
How are you finding server core? Now I've seen MS' "Metro" interface, I'm thinking core may be the way to go in the future... – Simon Catlin Sep 6 '12 at 20:13

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