Managing user accounts in Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

Published: May 20, 2011

Applies To: Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

In Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, you can perform common administrative tasks by using the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 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 user account.

    • Whether the user account has Remote Web Access permission. Remote Web Access permission for a user account is Allowed or Not allowed.

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

  • A details pane that might contain 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.

If the computer running Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials is joined to a domain, you cannot use the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials Dashboard to manage the domain user accounts. To manage the domain user accounts, you must use the administrative tools that are available within the domain.

The following table describes the various user account tasks that are available in the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 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

Deactivates a user account so that it cannot log on to the network or access network resources such shared folders or printers.

Activate the user account

Enables a user account to log on to the network and to access network resources as defined by the account permissions.

Remove the user account

Enables you to remove the selected user account.

Change the user account 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 Standard user access or Administrator access.

Set the password policy

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

When you join the storage server to a domain, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials inherits the password policy that is set by the domain controller. As a result, the Set the password policy task in the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials Dashboard is not valid when the server is joined to the domain.