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HOW TO: Add a new user account - Server 2012

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Last updated: 18 Sep, 2013

HOW TO: Add a new user account - Server 2012

When using NComputing products, it is important that each user has their own user account. While some operating systems may allow multiple users to be logged in using the same credentials, certain applications and functionality may depend on unique user accounts. Unique user accounts also allow administrators to more effectively configure permissions and policies on a per-user basis if desired. Below are the steps required to create a new user account within Windows Server 2012.

While Windows Server 2012 offers some new interface options and menus that can be used to add or manage user accounts, it also includes the same Local Users and Groups menu that Server 2008R2, Windows 7, and Windows XP featured. The only difference is in how that menu is accessed. We'll be using the classic Local Users and Groups menu in this guide, as it will likely be familiar to anyone who has used previous Windows operating systems.

Accessing Local Users and Groups

1. From the Server 2012 Start screen, press Windows Key + X. This will open a context menu.

2. Select Computer Management from the context menu. This will open the Computer Management window.

3. Select Local Users and Groups from the navigation tree to the left of the Computer Management window. At this stage you can double click Users in the context window, or click the arrow icon next to Local Users and Groups to reveal the Users and Groups sub categories. 

4. To add additional users, right-click on Users and select "Add Users". This option is also available from the "Action" menu at the top of the window.

At this stage you can add as many user accounts as your deployment requires, and manage accounts that have already been created.

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