U-Tools: Unique Tools for Windows System Administrators


Q: I used UPromote to demote my computer to a standalone server. What happened to my global groups?

A: Global groups have no meaning on a standalone server. If users were an indirect member of a local group via a global group, UPromote will move the users directly to the local group. For example, if user Fred is a member of the global group Domain Admins, and Domain Admins is a member of the local group Administrators, then UPromote will move Fred directly under Administrators.

Q: I used UPromote to demote my BDC to a standalone server and then rejoined it to the domain as a member server. I deleted all of the redundant local users with USRMGR.EXE. Later I tried to delete a redundant group. USRMGR.EXE refused, claiming that I needed to first remove all the members from the group. But I don't see any members. How can I delete the group?

A: This is due to a Microsoft bug in USRMGR.EXE. If you delete a large number of users in a single session, USRMGR.EXE will sometimes forget to delete some of the group members. This prevents you from deleting the groups. To fix your password database, type the command PROMOTE.EXE -GROUPFIX. This will delete all of the "ghost" user members from your groups. (Note: Requires UPromote version 1.435 or later.)

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