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Prevent service accounts from logging in locally or remotely

I've got a few accounts being used to run various services eg SQL.Service, TFS.Application, etc... and want to mark those accounts as not supporting interactive login in AD

Presumably I should put them in a specific security group (I've created one called MyOrg.Services) but I don't know how to flag users in that group as being services not "real" users

  • @MichelZ Thanks - I searched quite a few times but I guess using "Interactive" as a keyword was scuppering me – Basic Jul 3 '12 at 16:53
  • @MichelZ Actually, I don't think that quite answers my question. Unless the truth is that I need to apply a Machine-specific policy to every computer in the domain, specifically barring different types login as opposed to flagging the user account(s) in some way? – Basic Jul 3 '12 at 16:54
  • I think this is the way it is. You can do it trough Group Policy, and assign an AD Group to the Deny Logon Locally to have it more sophisticated if you want.. ? – MichelZ Jul 3 '12 at 16:55

I think a Managed Service Account would meet your requirements.

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  • This assumes that the apps in question support this. But if they do, it's certainly the best option. – MDMarra Jul 3 '12 at 17:01
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    wonder if local virtual accounts would work. – tony roth Jul 3 '12 at 17:48

The process is relatively simple. Create your user as you would a normal user. Open the "Local Security Policy" editor (under administrative tools) and drill down to Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> user Rights Assignment, and you'll find "Deny log on locally".

From there, open it up & add the user(s) in question.

You may also want to add them to the "Log on as Service" policy as well for the sake of completeness.

There's several spiffy other options you may want to play with in there as well.

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