Windows Server adding a new user

Ekaterina Neverova
July 13, 2020

The responsibilities of the system administrator include, among other things, adding a new user, as well as assigning him certain rights. Let’s see how to do this in operating systems of the Microsoft Windows Server family. This method is universal for most existing versions of this OS. Some phraseological differences are possible.

From the Start menu, select “Administration Tools” in Windows Server 2016).

In a new window, double-click opens «Computer Management«.

In the left part of the window that opens, open the “Local users and groups” branch and open the Users folder. In the main part of the window, right-click on space and select «New user”.

In the new window, enter the user login, password and password confirmation. For completeness of understanding to which user the account belongs, and also so that colleagues do not have questions, it is recommended to fill in the fields “Full name” and “Description”.

To increase security, it is recommended to set the checkbox “Require password change at the next login” only if you use the same password for all created accounts.

You can disable any account, for example, if the user is just taking up a position.

Click on the button «Create».

An account has been created. Let’s move on to setting it up. To do this, in the same window “Computer Management”, right-click on the account. In the context menu, select «Properties».

User account settings, for convenience, are presented on several tabs.

General — controls the basic parameters of the account.

Group Membership — allows setting the user to group membership.

Profile — this tab defines the location of the user’s home directory, the path to the user’s profile, as well as the script for logging in.

Environment — makes it possible to schedule the launch of a certain program at the entrance to the system, and also allows the connection of hard drives, printers and the choice of the default printer at login.

Sessions — allows imposing restrictions on the total duration of the session, the time of inactivity and much more.

Remote Desktop Services Profile — Specifies the user profile that will be loaded when you log in to the server using Remote Desktop.

Incoming calls — defines the parameters of network connections, as well as their rights.

Consider delegating user rights to remote desktop access.

Select the tab«Membership in groups» and click on the button «Add».

In the window that opens, click on the «Advanced» button. Then in a new window, click on the «Search» button. At the bottom of the window, all available groups are displayed. We select «Remote Desktop Users» by double-clicking or single-clicking with the subsequent click on the «OK» button.

The “Group Selection” window will change the look. Click «OK».

Now you can connect to the server under this user’s credentials.

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