Benefits of Managing Local Users With Active Directory Self Service

Local Users and groups management is a part of computer management in an organization where with the help of certain tools, an administrator can manage a single local or remote computer. As an administrator, you can use Local Users and Groups to securely manage user accounts and groups stored locally on your computer. A local user or group account can be utilized for assigning permissions and rights on a particular computer only. 

Managing local users always offers a lot of benefits; you can always keep a check on their activities and assign them certain permissions or limit their resource usage. Administrative rights enable a user to perform a set of actions using the computer, such as backing up files and folders or shutting down a computer. On the other hand, permission is a rule related to an object (such as file, folder or printer) and helps you regulate the users to have access to the object in required manner. Using your administrative powers you can limit the ability of users and groups to perform certain actions that act against the assigned rights and permission. 

However, you cannot view the Local Users and Groups to view the accounts once the member server has been promoted to a domain controller. But you can utilize the Local users and groups on a domain controller to target remote computers (that are not domain controllers) on the network. There are different Active Directory password reset software applications available in the market that help the users to manage their local accounts on the network and enables them to easily reset the passwords and enable or disable user accounts. 

Lepide Active Directory Self Service software is one such Active Directory password reset tool, using which you can disable local user accounts to temporarily restrict a user from logging in and when you disable the account, the user cannot use policy-protected documents or create or apply policies. Additionally, administrators can enable the disabled user accounts. Resetting password could have never been so easy, simply enter the administrative credentials and reset the password for the account that you want to. All this helps you in saving helpdesk costs and time by resisting downtime.


Thanks for this nice blog post. Just wanted an update if in case all the user are a part of single domain then at that level of case what could be done so as we can manage the password and expiration at a single time. Please update so as to help us learn much more better.

Thanks again.

20 September 2013 at 01:27 comment-delete

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