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Adding an administrator user to SQL Server 2008

How do you add an administrator user to SQL Server 2008?
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Is it normal to give 'users' administrator access to their company PC?

I have a user who wants to be a administrator of his work PC, he's made some story up about how he can't work without it so I'm told to "fix it" (as if it is a fault he's logged on as a user!). My IT ...
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Domain Administrators account policy (After PCI audit)

One of our clients is a Tier 1 PCI company, and their auditors have made a suggestion with regards to us as System Administrators and our access rights. We administer their entirely Windows based ...
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Gaining administrator privileges in PowerShell

I only have one account on my Windows Vista machine, and that user has administrative privileges. However, when I try to execute a command within PowerShell to kill a certain process, I'm greeted with ...
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In a PowerShell script, how can I check if I'm running with administrator privlieges?

In a PowerShell script, how can I check if I'm running with administrator privlieges?
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Security Admins toolkit? What's in yours? [closed]

Resource question :- I need to collate a list of security admin tools For: Web Network Wifi Server unix/Linux/windows/macosx SQL Xss Please state -links/version/os used/free v buy
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How to find the cause for growing server load

I'm having load problems with my server and even though I'm a somewhat experienced Linux admin I'm out of ideas now. The problem is a slowly but steadily increasing load on the server without any ...
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Should I have multiple domain administrator accounts?

I work in a small organization with 2 servers and 30 clients. We are completely Windows Server 2003/XP. Besides me, the Director of Operations and our IT consulting company need access to a domain ...
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Transition away from Domain Admin only account

In our Windows environment, our Domain Admins only have one user account. This single user account is used across the board including running on a day to day workstation. In our transition away from ...
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Adding a user to the local Administrator group using powershell

I would like to use PowerShell to add a specific user to the local administrator group on a machine. I would be running the PowerShell script in the context of a user that has Administration rights ...
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What does a Ubuntu Server admin need to know about CentOS

I've been on Ubuntu Server for the past several (5-ish) years, but I am seeing a lot of jobs that are looking for RHEL or CentOS experience. What differences, aside from package managers ...
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How can I remove a trac user's e-mail address?

We have some users that have left the company and we have suspended their e-mail address, but trac continues to send notifications to these addresses. How can I remove the e-mail address from their ...
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How can I modify a user’s PATH environment variable without logging out?

The question pretty much says it all; I have users who do not have permission to edit their own PATH environment variable and if they need to have it modified for some reason, they need to log out so ...
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What is the optimum number of admins to server? [closed]

I'm starting a business, and I'd like to know what you guys think the optimum number of admins to server ratio is for financial modeling reasons. Or if there's a better metric to use? I come from an ...
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How can I remove local administrator permissions?

I want to disable the permissions of local administrators in the machines of my domain, is this possible?, and only put administration rights to the Domain Administrators. And I want to do it with ...
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Ubuntu 11.04, adduser myuser: admin group is missing

Hi I'm trying to add myuser to sudoers after a fresh install with root account, # adduser myuser admin which gives: adduser: the group `admin' does not exist. however this works: # adduser ...
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Useful WMI admin scripts

In a comment to my response to this question , cop1152 said he loved WMI scripts. Well, so do I! What are your favourite, best, most useful scripts you'd like to share with the community? thanks.
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How does one launch PhpPgAdmin?

I just installed postgresql, php5 and in particular PhpPgAdmin using Ubuntu's synaptic app. The PHP is running fine, the http server (lighttpd) is working fine, and I can do pg a the command line. ...
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Network Diagrams, alternative to Visio [closed]

I often have to give presentations that include extensive use of complex network diagrams to expensive-suit-wearing types. I've always used Visio for network diagrams, but have always felt that they ...
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Why is my computer sending emails

I am currently using Debian Squeeze 6.0. The administrator of my work place receives every week messages from several processes of my system: cron smartd ... The messages are send to ...
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How to add a domain user to the local admin group remotely?

I need to add a domain user in the local administrator group remotly and I have to the local admin password
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How to run a command as administrator on Windows7 from a command line?

I need to run tscon.exe 0 /dest:console remotely = not manually on Windows7 as an administrator. More info here How to use tscon on Windows7? I did my research and OPTION 1 - runas for user ...
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Prevalence of WMI enabled in real Windows Server networks

Hi I would like to get opinions from systems administrators, on how common it is that WMI functionality is actually enabled in corporate networks. I am writing an enterprise network application that ...
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How to check who reset the password for a particular user in active directory on a windows server?

I have the details about a user account when it was last modified (a password reset was done). But I would be interested to know who reset the password for this user. Is there any way I can find this ...
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WS2008R2 First run after sysprep did not prompt for new administrator password, I'm completely locked out

After running sysprep to OOBE and generalize a master disk for cloning, at first run it prompted only for language/region and a machine name, then proceeded on to the CTRL+ALT+DELETE to login screen. ...
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/etc/hosts for single process

Is it possible to set domain names mapping directly for an executable? As if we edit /etc/hosts/ and then run the executable. Example: $ ping google.com PING google.com (74.125.232.48) 56(84) bytes ...
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local admin vs domain admin on a domain controller

I would like to create a group policy to set a specific password for all local administrator users. Now even though you can't manage local users on a domain controller ("This snap-in cannot be used on ...
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Drupal admin section - Page not found

After upgrading to Drupal 6.12 I can no longer access the admin section on my site - I get a page not found error. Things I've been able to test/check: I have clean URLs enabled but trying to bypass ...
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Domain Admins vs. Administrators in Windows AD DC [closed]

Having read in [1]: "Domain Admins Members of this group have full control of the domain. By default, this group is a member of the Administrators group on all domain controllers, all domain ...
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Obtaining administrator access to Windows XP (lost password)

I have a number of Windows XP boxes left in my orgamization from a former system administrator. So I have no administrator passwords. How do I get administrator access to these boxes without ...
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Broadcast and Collision Domains

Ok...this is one very basic thing Im confused on. with regarding to hubs/routers/and switches I know hubs all contain one large collision domain (which is "bad" but can someone explain why) and a ...
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Is there a Microsoft document on “Why SQL DBA’s need Local Windows Administrator Privilege”?

I'm looking for a Microsoft Document or Article or Whitepaper on What OS level permissions are needed for SQL DBA (not SQL Service Account). There is a general assumption that SQL DBA's need Local ...
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Unable to Create System DSN

Environment: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Operating System Problem: (ODBC Data Source Administrator) Opening Administrative Tools -> Data Sources (ODBC) -> Click "System DSN" tab. Error: ODBC ...
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Users removing Administrator from files/folders permissions

We're running Windows Server 2003 R2 with Active Directory and are having an issue with network shares whereby users, in an attempt to secure their documents, remove everybody (including the ...
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Allow Domain Users to install software on their computers

How would I go about allowing a 'domain user' to install software on their computer. I have active directory and group policy in place. Is there a setting in group policy that would allow this? I ...
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Legacy apps requiring administrator privileges on XP

I have a legacy Windows 95 app that needs to be run as an Administrator. This is used by students in a school domain. My predecessor set up a domain administrator account for this purpose and a ...
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Windows XP autostart process as administrator

I am looking for a way with which i can autostart a certain program on logon of a user with user-rights with administrator-rights. I already tried using task scheduler but it didn't work out because ...
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Prevent local administration privileges for our domain users

I am looking for possible solutions to prevent local administration privileges for our domain users. Currently, we provide our domain users local administration privileges to avoid issues with ...
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Why don't Windows 7clients in a 2k3 domain network give admin access to domain admins

I've recently (I know, we're way behind the times) started adding Windows 7 (Ultimate) clients to a 2k3 AD network. Previously everything was running Windows XP SP3. In XP SP3, after I joined a ...
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glassfish 3.1.2 admin console port 4848 blocked by firewall

I've got a remote server. There is glassfish 3.1.2 running behind apache 2.2. The administration port 4848 is blocked by firewall so that I cannot use http://some_server.com:4848 where some_server is ...
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Windows XP, have to use ctrl+alt+delete to log on as local administrator

Hey, I have a weird issue, a user was was logging into a laptop using the local admin account which was working fine. I had to create another account on the system, which was also an admin account, ...
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Sending content of a file in Expect

How Can I send the content of a file in Expect? Do I have to use cat command in a way? if yes how? lets say my file is called 1.txt. example: expect "Enter command to send:" {send "???? \r"} ???? ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrator Access Rights Removed

I accidentally removed the builtin/local Administrator on Security tab of one of the drive's Properties. I did changing the UAC: User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode to ...
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Can a batch run as admin launch another batch as limited user?

I have a batch that is being run with administrative privileges on a Windows 7 machine. That batch has to run another batch, which should access a mapped network drive. However, network drives are ...
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How to SSH to Windows 7 as a privileged user

Once openSSH/Cygwin is installed and working on Windows 7, it seems like any user you use to ssh into the Windows 7 box takes on plain user privileges. That is, the user cannot execute privileged ...
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Automatically run a powershell script elevated

Is there a way to run a powershell script automatically in Elevated mode? I am trying to automate some post-image tasks without user intervention, but am getting caught with the UAC. Is there a way ...
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The built-in “Administrator” account has start screen shortcuts by default that my created account lacks. How do I get them?

I installed Windows Server 2012 and did some of the initial setup with the built-in Administrator account. I created my own user account and made it a member of the Administrators group so I could ...
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“Access denied” for administrator for everything

We have a (rather old) Windows Server 2003 which since last week shows some odd behaviour. It decided that all local administrators and local system are no longer allowed to do anything, including ...
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How to run a restricted set of programs with Administrator privileges without giving up Admin acces (Win7 Pro)

I have a shared system, running Windows7 X64, restricted to a 'standard user' with no password. Not everyone who has access to the system has the administrator password. This works rather well, ...
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Linux “machine” for network monitoring - dumbed down for a Windows admin

I've looked through a few related questions, but wanted to get a bit more specific. Here's what I'm hoping for: Linux machine (VM, whatever) runs applications that can do syslogging and dashboards ...