Manage a Remote Computer

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

Membership in Account Operators , Domain Admins , or Enterprise Admins , or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To manage a remote computer

  1. To open Active Directory Users and Computers, click Start , click Control Panel , double-click Administrative Tools , and then double-click Active Directory Users and Computers .

    To open Active Directory Users and Computers in Windows ServerĀ® 2012, click Start , type dsa.msc .

  2. In the console tree, click Computers .


    • Active Directory Users and Computers\ domain node \Computers

    Or, click the folder that contains the computer that you want to manage.

  3. In the details pane, right-click the computer, and then click Manage .

Additional considerations

  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Account Operators group, Domain Admins group, or Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • Clicking Manage starts Computer Management, which you can use to administer remote computers. You must have administrative credentials on the local computer to view certain information or to modify computer properties with Computer Management.

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