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I have several websites that use Telerik controls and need to install the assemblies to a new VM running Windows Server 2008 R2. Normally I would drag the *.dll straight into the C:\Windows\Assembly folder, but I'm getting faced with an "Access Denied" error.

From what I've read, you can overcome this by logging into the local Administrator account, however I cannot RDP into this account. (Actually I can, I was wrong)

What is the easiest way to install these assemblies? Gacutil?

EDIT: I should also add, it is best if the solution does not involve disabling the UAC or restarting the server. I would like to avoid service interruption if possible.

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I think this probably needs to move to Stack Overflow. Also, I have read this question a few times now, and I'm sorry, but it sounds to me like you're asking "why am I not able to do something that I do not have permissions/privilege to do?" Sort out the permissions with your administrator. – Ryan Ries Nov 15 '12 at 20:42
@RyanRies I AM the Administrator! – Chiramisu Nov 15 '12 at 20:45
You're the admin but you can't use your own credentials to do this? – gparent Nov 15 '12 at 20:47
Oh... I get it. I bet it's a domain-joined machine and local admin account is disabled. – Ryan Ries Nov 15 '12 at 20:49
@gparent I am a member of the Administrators group, however I cannot login as the local Administrator account on the VM via RDP! Gosh, read peeps. – Chiramisu Nov 15 '12 at 20:49
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As it turns out I was indeed able to RDP into the machine as the local Administrator account. For the benefit of those who read this later, both my machine and the server are on a domain controller and my account is in the Administrators group, but that was not enough.

To add Assemblies, I simply followed the standard convention of opening two Explorer windows, one at C:\Windows\assembly and the other where my DLLs are, then drag the DLLs into my assembly folder. Windows takes care of the rest.

To connect login to the server in such a way as to make this possible, I had to RDP using the following credentials since it's on a domain.

  • Computer =[server_name]
  • User name=[server_name]\Administrator
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"As it turns out I was indeed able to RDP into the machine as the local Administrator account." You're such a troll. – Ryan Ries Nov 16 '12 at 1:14
@RyanRies Wow, that was completely uncalled for. I was told I shouldn't delete my questions, otherwise I would have since I was wrong to begin with. I figured I'd at least post a helpful answer to explain I was wrong. Who's the troll? – Chiramisu Nov 16 '12 at 1:16
I wasn't trying to actually offend you... I was trying to be funny. Sorry. – Ryan Ries Nov 16 '12 at 1:20
@RyanRies Oh, lol, gotcha, hehe. My bad. :P – Chiramisu Nov 16 '12 at 1:23

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