Creating an Additional Administrator Account (Windows Server 2016/2019)

For servers running Microsoft Windows Server 2016 or 2019

In this article, we'll show you how to create additional Windows Server 2016/2019 administrator accounts.

Creating an Account

  • Log in to the desired server as an administrator.

  • To open the Windows settings, press the key combination Windows key + i. As an alternative: Click Start > Settings.

  • Click Accounts.

  • Windows Server 2016: Click Other People.

    Windows Server 2019: Click Other Users.

  • Windows Server 2016: Click Add someone else to this PC.

    Windows Server 2019: Click Add another person to this PC.

  • In the navigation bar on the right, click Users.

  • In the menu bar, click Action > New User.

  • In the User name field, enter the desired user name.

  • Optional: In the Full name field, type the name of the administrator.

  • Optional: Enter a description in the Description field.

  • Enter the desired password and repeat it.


If the option User must change password at next login is activated, the new user will not be able to log in via Remote Desktop Connection before changing the password. Therefore, make sure that this option is deactivated. 

  • Click Create.

  • Click Close.

Adding a User to the Administrators Group

To give the new user administrator rights, they must be added to the Administrators group. To do this, simply follow these steps:

  • Double-click the user you created.

  • In the Member Of tab, click Add.

  • In the Enter the object names to select field, type the object name Administrators.

  • Click Check Names.

  • Click OK.

  • In the Member of tab, click Users.

  • Click Remove.

  • Click Apply and OK.

The new user can now log in to the server and change their password.