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  • Hi all,

     

    Recently I have to disable the administrator account of my Windows Server 2003, I know it is not recommended but I really want to know if it will affect other system such as exchange.

     

    Any information is really appreciated!

    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 4:43 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    Did you mean you want to disable the build-in administrator account? Yes, you can disable the administrator account. However, you should use a local administrator account or a domain admin account or a domain user with local adminstrator rights to manage the exchange server.

    If you want to perform a further research, it is recommend you to get further support in the corresponding community so that you can get the most qualified pool of respondents. Thanks for your understanding.

     

    For your convenience, I have list the related link as followed.

     
    Exchange Server
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/exchangeserver
     

    Best Regards,

    Vincent Hu

     

    Thursday, August 6, 2009 4:45 AM
    Moderator
  • hi there,

    Vincent is correct, Please let us know whether you are willing to delete buit-in administrator account or domain account.

    Also there are some of the important check list to review before you delete administrator accoutn

    a) services which are runing under administrator account

    b) Auditing

    c) application / custome exe's which require adminsitrator account to run

    Please perform the impact analysis before deleting the administrator account.

    Some of the ways to delete the administrator account is given below

    =============================================================================\

    Method 1
    Under the command prompt shell window, run the following command:

    net user administrator /active:no

    Note that you may need to disable UAC or open elevated command prompt

    Method 2

    Reset and remove all unique and customized account information including product activation status to return to end users first-run out-of-box experience (OOBE) by using sysprep.exe /generalize command. Sysprep (System Preparation Utility) is an integral part of the operating system and is always present in the C:\Windows\system32 directory, and thus can be invoked from the command line as shown below or via a GUI dialog box. To run it, execute any of the following command in command prompt or Run box.

    sysprep /generalize

    or

    c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /generalize

    The next time the computer starts, the built-in Administrator account will be disabled.


    sainath !analyze
    Friday, August 7, 2009 10:36 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi,

     

    Did you mean you want to disable the build-in administrator account? Yes, you can disable the administrator account. However, you should use a local administrator account or a domain admin account or a domain user with local adminstrator rights to manage the exchange server.

    If you want to perform a further research, it is recommend you to get further support in the corresponding community so that you can get the most qualified pool of respondents. Thanks for your understanding.

     

    For your convenience, I have list the related link as followed.

     
    Exchange Server
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/exchangeserver
     

    Best Regards,

    Vincent Hu

     

    Thursday, August 6, 2009 4:45 AM
    Moderator
  • hi there,

    Vincent is correct, Please let us know whether you are willing to delete buit-in administrator account or domain account.

    Also there are some of the important check list to review before you delete administrator accoutn

    a) services which are runing under administrator account

    b) Auditing

    c) application / custome exe's which require adminsitrator account to run

    Please perform the impact analysis before deleting the administrator account.

    Some of the ways to delete the administrator account is given below

    =============================================================================\

    Method 1
    Under the command prompt shell window, run the following command:

    net user administrator /active:no

    Note that you may need to disable UAC or open elevated command prompt

    Method 2

    Reset and remove all unique and customized account information including product activation status to return to end users first-run out-of-box experience (OOBE) by using sysprep.exe /generalize command. Sysprep (System Preparation Utility) is an integral part of the operating system and is always present in the C:\Windows\system32 directory, and thus can be invoked from the command line as shown below or via a GUI dialog box. To run it, execute any of the following command in command prompt or Run box.

    sysprep /generalize

    or

    c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /generalize

    The next time the computer starts, the built-in Administrator account will be disabled.


    sainath !analyze
    Friday, August 7, 2009 10:36 AM
    Moderator