Allow log on locally in Default Domain Controller Policy.

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  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I was looking over our group policy settings while studying for 70-292 and
    noticed that the group Domain Users is included in the Allow log on locally
    setting in the Default Domain Controller Policy. Is this ok or dangerous?
    Is it necessary? DCs are 2003 standard.
    Guest, Jun 7, 2005
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  2. That is not a default install. The default install has Account Operators,
    Administrators, Backup Operators, Print Operators and Server Operators in
    the list to Allow log on locally.
    Your config is not recommended and is a security problem. I would change it
    if I were you.

    Bill Griffith
    Bill Griffith, Jun 8, 2005
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    zenner Guest

    Is your DC also serving double duty as possibly a File or Printer server?

    Your System Administrator may have an explanation, if you are not the
    sysAdmin...then ask him or her (respectfully, if possible.) if they knew
    about it and/or intended to include domain users in the "logon locally"
    permission list, and if so...why?

    Asked in the right way you may get an explanation that is reasonable, given
    the circumstances of your companies environment.

    Even the best guidelines have exceptions...that's why the are called
    Guideline, instead of rules.
    zenner, Jun 8, 2005
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    rainman Guest

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    It has to be this way in the domain policy... the logon locally policy
    affects all domain computers. Nobody could log onto any domain computer
    if it were denied. However, that's for the domain policy, which
    propagates to domain computers... not the server's own policy which does
    not propagate. It should probably be removed from the server's
    permissions, if it's there.

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    rainman, Jun 9, 2005
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    zenner Guest

    There is no reason that a normal user needs to logon to a Domain Controller.
    Anything he needs should be accessed through an API. Files are access
    through shares, printers through spooler, applications through whatever API
    that the app provides. Only members of one of the Admin groups, by default,
    are allowed Logon rights to a DC. Member servers are an entirely different

    Are we talking about the same thing?
    zenner, Jun 9, 2005
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    rainman Guest

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    There is one reason why a normal user needs logon locally permissions to
    the server: FTP via IIS. If the user needs FTP access to the server, you
    HAVE to give him local logon rights, just because that's the way IIS works.

    However, it is more likely the answer to this problem lies in my
    previous post in this thread...
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    rainman, Jun 10, 2005
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    zenner Guest

    As noted by your explanation. If you are aware that you are circumventing
    accepted practices for a DC and are willing to accept the risk..that is your

    My point is still valid, given accepted practice and for user
    has a reason for local access to a DC. Even placing an FTP server on a DC,
    you can still set up your permission to avoid giving local logon access to
    normal users.

    If you feel it acceptable risk, It's your system, do as you feel is
    reasonable. I still suggest you research a better solution.
    zenner, Jun 10, 2005
  8. Maybe you should read the original question more carefully. He said Default
    Domain Controllers Policy.

    Bill Griffith
    Bill Griffith, Jun 11, 2005
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    rainman Guest

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    Personally I suggest not using FTP on a DC at all, because IIS, like IE,
    is notorious for security holes... not to mention that it just wouldn't
    be useful unless you're doubling up server duties for lack of cash...
    but unfortunately it is necessary for the feature if somebody does make
    that (poor) choice.

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    rainman, Jun 11, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    rainman touches fat people... film at eleven.

    Guest, Jun 11, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    rainman touches fat people... film at eleven...

    Guest, Jun 11, 2005
  12. Guest

    Guest Guest

    rainman is notorious for his security holes...

    Guest, Jun 11, 2005
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