Domain admin group vs. domain Administrators rights on a DC

AlbertGos 41 Reputation points

Hi all,
Used to log on to our DC as domain\administrator but with more than one IT person now, wanted each admin to use their own admin-level account.

When using new admin account this morning, noticed that I could not change a .ini file in a program folder. It said I did not have enough rights.

I checked that:

  • the new account is in the Domain Admins group
  • the Domain Admins group is in the domain\Administrators group
  • the folder lists domain\Administrators with full permissions

so the new account should get inherited permissions first from Domain Admins and then from the domain's Administrators group (nested) - but obviously it doesn't.

Is there something funky on a DC where the rights do not show up correctly via inheritance?

Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019
A Microsoft server operating system that supports enterprise-level management updated to data storage.
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  1. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP

    Could be a UAC thing, might also try to run as administrator

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  2. AlbertG 1 Reputation point

    Didn't seem to help. It seems like a folders permission thing.

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  3. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP

    whoami /groups

    may provide something useful.

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  4. Gary Reynolds 9,396 Reputation points

    Have a look at this tool which allows you see the permissions that have been assigned and then use the Trust Mode against the new admin account and the existing admin account to see if they have different permissions.