As a basic first security measure, we recommend you change the name of the Administrator account on a Cloud Server with Windows 2016. The Administrator user is the default user for all Windows accounts, and thus is frequently the target of brute-force password attempts. Changing the user name is an easy way to provide a higher level of security for your new server.
- A Cloud Server running Windows 2016.
- The root password and IP address or domain name for the server. To find this information, log into the 1&1 Cloud Panel and select the server on the Servers section.
- The instructions in this tutorial are designed for a Windows 10 desktop. The specific instructions for other Windows versions may vary slightly.
For step-by-step instructions on how to connect using Remote Desktop, see the article Use Remote Desktop to Log in to a Cloud Server Running Windows 2016.
Change the Administrator Name
Log in to the server with Remote Desktop. Right click the Start button.
Click Computer Management.
Click to expand the Local Users and Groups menu.
Right-click on Administrator.
Enter the new name for the Administrator account, then click Enter to save it.
Make a note of the new username. You will need to use this username to log in to the server from now on.