I see a service runnuing on my Windows Server Essentials 2016 domain controller with user name "MediaAdmin$":

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However, when I'm searching for this user in my AD, there are no results:

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I'm looking for this user, because I want to change its password. How is it possible that it runs a process, although it's not available?


It's a computer account, not a user account. The $ at the end of the username marks it as a computer account. Change your search parameters to search for Computers instead of Users, Groups and Contacts and you will find it.

  • This works. Nevertheless I wonder, why they would name a computer "..:Admin" – fishbone May 28 '18 at 7:17
  • More specifically, it's a managed service account. – Davidw May 28 '18 at 7:17

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