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Managing user accounts in Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Published: April 26, 2010

Updated: March 30, 2011

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Windows SBS 2011 Essentials makes it possible to perform common administrative tasks by using the Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Dashboard. The Users page of the Dashboard provides the following:

  • A list of user accounts, which displays:

    • The name of the user.

    • The Logon name for the account.

    • Whether or not the user account has remote access permission. Remote access permission for a user account is either Allowed, or Not allowed.

    • The level of access that is assigned to the user account. You can assign either Standard user access, or Administrator access for a user account.

    • The user account status. A user account is either Active, Inactive, or Incomplete.

  • A details pane with additional information about a selected user account.

  • A tasks pane that includes:

    • A set of user account administrative tasks such as viewing and removing user accounts, and changing passwords.

    • Tasks that allow you to globally set or change settings for all user accounts in the network.

The following table describes the various user account tasks that are available in Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Dashboard. Some of the tasks are user account-specific, and they are only visible when you select a user account in the list.

User account tasks in the Dashboard

Task name Description

View the account properties

Enables you to view and change the properties of the selected user account, and to specify folder access permissions for the account.

Deactivate the user account

A user account that is deactivated cannot log on to the network or access network resources such shared folders or printers.

Activate the user account

A user account that is activated can log on to the network and can access network resources as defined by the account permissions.

Remove the user account

Enables you to remove the selected user account.

Reset the password

Enables you to reset the network password for the selected user account.

Add a user account

Starts the Add a User Account Wizard, which enables you to create a single new user account that has either Standard user access, or Administrator access.

Set the password policy

Enables you to change the values of the password polices for your network.

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