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User Creation and Permissions on Virtual Server

Reference Number: AA-01139 Created: 2012-09-21 08:46 Last Updated: 2012-10-09 12:51 0 Rating/ Voters

Windows Server 2008

Adding Users to Windows Virtual Server

With your Windows virtual server you can setup additional users that can remote into the server. Please note that only two connections can be running at one time. To create users you would need to follow the instructions listed below.


  • Log into your server as the administrator. Press the START button and you'll see "Server Manager" at the top of the list. Right click on the "Server Manager" icon and then choose the "Run as administrator" option.


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  • A message will pop up to let you know that Windows needs your permission to continue. Just press the CONTINUE button.


  • Next, expand "Configuration" and then do the same for "Local Users and Groups". This will reveal a "Users" folder. Right click on that folder and choose the "New User..." option.


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  • Next enter the user name, full name, description, and password for the new user. By default you will force the user to change his/her password after their first log on. If you do not want to do this you can uncheck the "User must change password at next login" checkbox. Once you're satisfied with the settings press the CREATE button. The user will then be created. If you do not have any more users to setup at this time press the CLOSE button.

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Enabling Remote Access for Users

In the example listed above a user named Bob Smith was created but this user does not initially come with the necessary permissions to remote into the server. To add those permissions follow the instructions listed below.


  • In "Server Manager" click on the "Users" folder and then on the right-hand side of the window you will see a list of the users. Right click on the user you want to give remote access to and choose the "Properties" option.


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  • In the user's properties window switch to the "Member Of" tab. You will see that the user is only a member of "Users" which is not sufficient to have remote access. To grant the necessary access you will need to add them to another group. To do this press the ADD button.


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  • Type "Administrators" into the text box and then press the CHECK NAMES button.


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  • Once you press the CHECK NAMES button the "Administrator" text that you typed in should change to show "VPSxxxx\Administrators". Press the OK button and the Administrators group will be added to the user.


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  • You should now see that the user is a member of both the "Users" and "Administrators" groups. Press the OK button to continue.


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Now that the user has been added to the "Administrators" group he/she can remote desktop into the server. You can set permissions on folders if you like to restrict the access for your users if you don't want every user to have full access.


Adding User Permissions to Folders

Once you have a few users setup you may want to restrict access to certain folders. This can be done by following the instructions listed below.


  • Right click on a folder that you want to setup the user permissions for and choose properties.


  • Next go to the Security Tab.


  • Press the EDIT button.


  • Now press the ADD button.


  • By default the FROM THIS LOCATION setting is set to ad3.softcom.biz. This needs to be changed. Click on the LOCATIONS button. A login window will pop up; just press the CANCEL button.A new window will pop up, select the top of the tree which should be your server name and then press OK.


  • Enter the user you want to add and press the CHECK NAMES button.


  • When you find your user press the OK button.


  • Now the user is added to the list of groups or user names. Select that user and then you can set the allow or deny permissions.


  • When you have the permissions set press the APPLY button.



Windows Server 2012

Adding Users to Windows Virtual Server

With your Windows virtual server you can setup additional users that can remote into the server. Please note that only two connections can be running at one time. To create users you would need to follow the instructions listed below.


  • Log into your server as the administrator. Press the START key on your keyboard or move your mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen and click to see the Start Menu. You'll see "Server Manager" at the top of the list. Right click on the "Server Manager" icon and then choose the "Run as administrator" option.


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  • A message may pop up to let you know that Windows needs your permission to continue. Just press the CONTINUE button.


  • On the Server Manager window, click "Tools" in the top right and select Computer Management from the list.


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  • In Computer Management, navigate to Computer Management (Local) > System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users.
  • Right click in the main windows and Click "New User..."


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  • Next enter the user name, full name, description, and password for the new user. By default you will force the user to change his/her password after their first log on. If you do not want to do this you can uncheck the "User must change password at next login" checkbox. Once you're satisfied with the settings press the CREATE button. The user will then be created. If you do not have any more users to setup at this time press the CLOSE button.

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Enabling Remote Access for Users

In the example listed above a user named "first last" was created but this user does not initially come with the necessary permissions to remote into the server. To add those permissions follow the instructions listed below.


  • In "Computer Manager" click on the "Users" folder and then on the right-hand side of the window you will see a list of the users. Right click on the user you want to give remote access to and choose the "Properties" option.
    • Computer Manager can be accessed using the steps in the previous section.


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  • In the user's properties window switch to the "Member Of" tab. You will see that the user is only a member of "Users" which is not sufficient to have remote access. To grant the necessary access you will need to add them to another group. To do this press the ADD button.


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  • Type "Administrators" into the text box and then press the CHECK NAMES button.


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  • Once you press the CHECK NAMES button the "Administrator" text that you typed in should change to show "VPSxxxx\Administrators". Press the OK button and the Administrators group will be added to the user.


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  • You should now see that the user is a member of both the "Users" and "Administrators" groups. Press the OK button to continue.


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Now that the user has been added to the "Administrators" group he/she can remote desktop into the server. You can set permissions on folders if you like to restrict the access for your users if you don't want every user to have full access.

Adding User Permissions to Folders

Once you have a few users setup you may want to restrict access to certain folders. This can be done by following the instructions listed below.


  • Right click on a folder that you want to setup the user permissions for and choose properties.


  • Next go to the Security Tab.


  • Press the EDIT button.


  • Now press the ADD button.


  • By default the FROM THIS LOCATION setting is set to ad3.softcom.biz. This needs to be changed. Click on the LOCATIONS button. A login window will pop up; just press the CANCEL button.A new window will pop up, select the top of the tree which should be your server name and then press OK.


  • Enter the user you want to add and press the CHECK NAMES button.


  • When you find your user press the OK button.


  • Now the user is added to the list of groups or user names. Select that user and then you can set the allow or deny permissions.


  • When you have the permissions set press the APPLY button.
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