Renaming the Administrator Account Using GPMC

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It’s always a good practice to rename the Administrator account because any account with that name is a target for hackers and other pests. When renaming the account, avoid obvious names such as admin, boss, or root. Even the dumbest hacker can figure those out in no time.

To rename the Administrator account, complete the following steps:

  1. Select Group Policy Management from the Administrative Tools menu.

  2. In the console tree, right-click your domain name and select Create And Link A GPO Here from the shortcut menu (Figure 10-27).

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    Figure 10-27: Creating a new GPO (Group Policy Object).

  3. In the New GPO dialog box, type Rename Administrator Account. Click OK.

  4. In the console tree, expand the Group Policy Objects container.

  5. In the details pane, right-click the new Rename Administrator Account GPO, and select Edit (Figure 10-28) to launch the Group Policy Object Editor.

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    Figure 10-28: Right-clicking the new policy to edit it.

  6. In the Group Policy Object Editor console tree, expand Computer Configuration, Windows Settings, Security Settings, Local Policies, and then Security Options.

  7. In the details pane, double-click Accounts: Rename Administrator Account.

  8. In the Security Policy Setting dialog box (Figure 10-29), select the check box to define this policy setting and type the new name for the Administrator account. Click OK.

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    Figure 10-29: Changing the name of the Administrator account.

  9. Close the Group Policy Object Editor and the Group Policy Management Console. Log off and log back on using the new name for the Administrator account.

    To rename the account back to Administrator, don’t disable the policy. Just return to the Security Policy Setting dialog box for the Accounts: Rename Administrator Account policy and type Administrator.

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Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Administrator's Companion
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Administrators Companion (Pro-Administrators Companion)
ISBN: 0735620202
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 224

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