Windows – Add domain user as local admin in Windows 7 using VPN to connect to domain

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I am rebuilding my work computer from scratch and need to add my domain user as a local admin on my computer. I have successfully added my PC to the domain, but I cannot add my domain user account to the local admins.

I have tried to do the following:

  1. Connect to the work domain using a Windows VPN
  2. Add my computer to the work domain
  3. Start > right click on Computer > Manage – go to Users and Groups > right click on Administrators group and add my domain user

The problem is that after adding my domain user to the Administrators group, I don't see my domain user under the Local Users group. When I try to log on as my domain user I get the following error message:

There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon

Any ideas?

Best Answer

To get past the "There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request" error you will need to connect to the VPN before attempting to log on.

Set up the VPN connection to have "Allow other people to use this connection" enabled (you may have to recreate the VPN connection entry to do this).

Once this is done, log out. Then, at the log on screen, click the "Switch User" button. A "Network logon" button should appear in the lower right corner (next to the power button).

You use this to make your VPN connection first, so that when you log in the remote logon server will be available to authorize you.

More info on this is available here.

I'm not sure why your domain user won't stick to the local administrators group, but it could be prevented by your work's Group Policies. Check out this SU question for more info on that possibility.