Server administrator's account
Published: August 21, 2012
Updated: August 21, 2013
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
This topic applies to a server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials or Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, or to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role installed.
A network administrator account enables the user to manage the local area network for your organization and helps manage and maintain network devices such as switches and routers. The tasks that can be performed by using a network administrator account can include:
Installing networked applications and other software.
Managing storage on the server.
Distributing software updates.
Performing routine backups.
Monitoring daily activities on the network.
In Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, and Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role installed, you can assign the network administrator access level to any user account. This grants the required permissions to perform network administrator tasks. When a user is assigned the network administrator access level, the User Access Control prompt opens for any task that requires administrator permissions.