Understand user accounts
Published: August 21, 2012
Updated: October 4, 2012
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials
A user account provides important information to Windows Server 2012 Essentials, which enables individuals to access information that is stored on the server, and makes it possible for individual users to create and manage their files and settings. Users can log on to any computer on the network if they have a Windows Server 2012 Essentials user account and they have permissions to access a computer. Users access their user accounts with their user name and password.
There are two main types of user accounts. Each type gives users a different level of control over the computer:
Standard accounts are for everyday computing. The standard account helps protect your network by preventing users from making changes that affect other users, such as deleting files or changing network settings.
Administrator accounts provide the most control over a computer network. You should assign the administrator account type only when necessary.
For information about how to create and manage user accounts, see Manage user accounts using the Dashboard.