What does Windows 2003 R2 do when you change the Administrator name to a two-word name with a <space> between the two words? RRS feed

  • Question

  • To comply with a DoD vulnerability fix, I changed the default Administrator name to a two-word name WITH A SPACE between the two words.  The screen saver lock activated after a period of inactivity, and when I tried to log back in with the new two-word username, the system did not seem to recognize the new name - or the old name "Administrator", which I had given to a decoy account that is disabled. 

    What would 2003 R2 x64 do with the space in a username syntax?  We have tried every possibility we can think of, including substituting %20% for the space, but I remain locked out.  I never changed the password, so I'm hoping that if we can figure out how 2003 registers xxxxx xxxxx as a username, we might be able to save ourselves from a reload.


    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 2:46 AM

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  • Hi,
    How exactly did you change the name? I used the Local Security
    Policy\Security Options -> Rename the Administrator Account and the
    policy configured name allowed the name with the space to log in
    properly. I also renamed it through Computer Management -> Local Users
    and Groups and it worked successfully.

    -- Mike Burr
    MS Technologies - Development - *nix
    Thursday, January 27, 2011 12:11 AM