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MMC Console Restricted access?

By damjef ·
I have just recently been thrown in the deep end! Our network administrator has just abruptly left for various reasons unknown and I've been handed the position on a trial basis, Unfortunately I'm struggling already, On one of the workgroups I have logged onto several of the machines to make a few adjustments only to find I have no access to the MMC, My Computer properties, The start menu Settings or Run. I have tried various tricks and fixes but I am making no leahway, I also have to tread with caution as it appears that none of the data (which is ultra important)has been backed up on this workgroup.
Would promoting one of the good machines to a PDC do the trick? or has anybody got any better ideas/fixes? anybodys help would be greatly appreciated!

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by Joseph Moore In reply to MMC Console Restricted ac ...

Ok, I will first ask the obvious question: are you logging into these workgroup members with the local Administrator account & password? Since they are in a Workgroup, there is no Domain account access avaiable. So, you might have a Domain-level administrator account, but perhaps the former admin made local accounts on the machines for you, using the same username as your Domain account, but only gave your local user account limited rights.
But for arguments sake, let's say you are logging into each Workgroup machine with the local Admin account. Ok.
So, is Run hidden on the Start menu? Is Settings missing from the Start menu? When you right-click on My Computer, is Properties not even listed?
It is possible through Group POlicy (or manual Registry entries) to hide a lot of stuff.
But there is always a way to get in, if you are determined!
Firstly, when you click Start -> Programs, is the Administrative Tools option visible? Computer Management is there.
Otherwise, since Run is not visible, and we need to open Regedit to check some stuff, try this. Right-click on the Desktop -> New Shortcut. In the Location box, type in REGEDIT. Click OK and eventually, you will have a shortcut to Regedit.
Good.
Now, double-click this shortcut.
Look for:
Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Name: NoRun
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1 to hide; 0 to unhide

So, if NoRun is there =1, change it to = 0.
That should make Run visible on the Start menu.

Please post if your problem is larger than this.

hope this helps

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by damjef In reply to MMC Console Restricted ac ...

Hello Joseph, Were off to a good start I've already put a shortcut on the desktop for the 'regedit' but I just didn't have a clue what I was looking for! so I followed your instructions and found the 'no-run' item and changed the value to '0' I alsonoticed a file here 'control panel' so I set that value to '0' also, I restarted the machine and yes the 'run' dialogue box is back but unfortunately I still have no access to the 'MMC' (there is actually a shortcut on the desktop to the console butthe same message appears... "restricted access") Anyway you got me thinking so in the 'reg' I went! I found in the same 'software' directory \policies\microsoft\mmc so guess what I changed the 'restrict author mode' to '0' and restarted, Brilliant!!straight into the 'mmc' and configured the 'admin templates', restarted and everything is just hunky dory! So thanks alot Joseph you well helped me on the way so the points are all yours!!

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