User Accounts Configuration

User Accounts

There are two types of account available on windows server machines.

  •  Administrative accounts

  • Guest accounts

Administrative accounts will have all privileges of doing installation & uninstallation and editing the configuration information on the windows machine for every user.

Whereas, guest accounts will have limited access credentials. Like, using the guest account, we can’t install a software etc.


Creating a Local User account

⇒ Right Click on My computer→Select Manage.




Expand System tools→Local users and Groups




On the Users Winnows→Select New User.




Enter all details on user AccountsClick on Create




Domain User Creation

To Create a Domain user in DC or on our desktop (if it is installed with Administrative tools).

Got to start→Administrative Tools→Active Directory users and computers.




Right Click on Users→New→User.




Fill in the details and Click on Next.




Give the username and password Click on Next.





We must provide a complex password (Should contain at least one Caps, Special symbol) and must be 8 characters in length.

Click Next and Finish.






As the user got created. Now, let’s understand,


About Properties of User account

General:In this tab, we can configure some of the options to identify the account.

For example, we can add description and office and main office.




On Address tab we can give user address details.




Account tab will have the user name and account options.




Profile Tab will have the user profile path and home folder path details.




Member of the , - tab will contain the group's information where this user added as a member.

These are the most commonly used tab by the administrator, will learn the remaining tabs in other topics.


Password Complexity 

Password complexity is defined by the policy when you trying to create or modifying passwords these policies will be enforced by the system. Some policies like...

Password must contain minimum 8 characters.

Password should not contain part of the username.

Password must have at least on Capital letter and one special symbol.


Default Password Policies 

To check the default Password policies in domain controller.

Got to start →administrative tools →Local security policies.

Navigate to the Account policies→ Password Policies.




Resetting the User password

If the user forgot his username or the password expired and also if user facing any issues with logins, we being an administrator can reset the password.

Right Click on Username →Reset password.




Checking for Users and Computers in Active Directory

Go to Run→type DSA.msc (Shortcut for AD users and computers).

Right Click on Domain name and select Find.




Select the Criteria and type in the name to search.






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