How to Give Remote Desktop Users Administrator Rights
Remote desktop software has become on of the main things that make tech companies work at the moment with the Covid-19 pandemic looming over the society like a dark cloud. Working from home has become the norm for technical and clerical staff that can do their work while accessing a computer. This culture of working remotely has been around for a long time and people used to work from their computers and travel the world, which called themselves digital nomads.
In this article we are going to tell you a thing or two about how you can give remote desktop users, admin rights so they can install software, dig around your C: drive and do all sorts of things while not supervised. But joking aside, you the IT staff might need to do some work while you are away or on vacation and having admin rights gives you the benefit of changing computer settings while you are away from the physical space of work.
Create an Administrator User
follow the following steps to add an administration
- Log in to your computer with an admin account. Go to the start menu and type in “User Accounts “after the search gives you the results click on user accounts. Alternatively you can manually open up Control Panel and find the User Accounts icon there.
- Click “Manager Another Account” while you are in the User Accounts Menu and then you should select “Create New Account” enter the name, and this part Is the whole point, you should check the administrator option here and then select create account.
- You can now set a password for you new account and it’s done, you have created an administrator account.
Give Remote Desktop Access to The Administrator Account
After you have created the account now you have to give them remote desktop access, this can be done by following the checklist here
- click start and search for “Computer Management”, click on the up coming search result and open up the computer management console.
- Now you have to select the “Local Users and Groups” in the window that has opened up and then go to users as in the picture below.
- Right Click the User that you had created before and click “Properties” on the window that opens up
- In the “Properties” window click the “Member of” tab and click “Add”. Now type in “Remote Desktop Users” in the text box that says: “Enter the object names to select”. Click the “ Check names” button.
- Close the “Properties” Menu by clicking OK and close the computer management window.
Alternative Way to Give Remote Users Administrator Rights
You can use the Powershell to give a user admin rights. This way is a lot easier and you can do it really easier it has two steps that can be done very fast here it goes:
- Search for Windows PowerShell in the start menu and run it as administrator.
- Now type in the following command in the powershell menu:
Add-LocalGroupMember -Group “Remote Desktop Users” -Member “Users”
and its done now the user is added to the local group and can have administration rights while logging in.
Although it’s fairly complicated to use the windows GUI to give Remote Desktop Users Administrator Rights but it can be easily done via the console. You can choose whatever method suits you.
Using the remote desktop client as a way to remotely connect is fairly dangerous though, many exploits have been found recently in the RDP protocol and hackers have come to the conclusion that it can be used as the best method to invade computers and networks. So be extra careful while using the RDP session and keep your clients updated, use protection software as much as you can and have anti-viruses installed on all your devices.
We hope we have informed you enough on the subject of giving Remote Desktop Users Administrator Rights and now you can do it easily yourself. Be sure to follow us and read the articles as they come, we publish a new article weekly on many Tech related subjects and if you like to know more about computer management and network management you can follow us to learn more.