How to Disable UAC for Administrators on Windows Server 2008

How to Disable UAC for Administrators on Windows Server 2008In this article we will show you how you can disable User Access Control (UAC) for administrators on a Windows 2008 server. If you are a Windows Vista user you might have experienced the nagging UAC warnings a lot which come up when you want to perform actions that need elevated approval. UAC got much better in Windows Seven and it does have its merits on a workstation but administrators usually know what they are doing on a server, UAC only gets in the way for them. To make life easier, we will demonstrate how you can turn UAC off for members of the administrators group only on a Windows Server 2008.

Follow the following procedure to turn off UAC for Administrators on Windows Server 2008:

1. Typically you can access User Access Control (UAC) from the control panel, by going into Users section. However, it gives you an option to turn it on or off, this setting is for everybody but we only want to exclude administrators and have it on for everyone else.

Typically you can access User Access Control (UAC) from the control panel

2. We will adjust the local security policy of the Windows 2008 server to disable UAC for administrators only. To bring up local security policy MMC, Click on Start and in the search box type secpol.msc and hit enter

We will adjust the local security policy of the Windows 2008 server to disable UAC for administrators only

3. The local Security Policy Editor comes up.

The local Security Policy Editor comes up

4. Navigate to Local Policies -> Securities Option and then "User Account Control: Behaviour of the elevation prompt for administrators" note that the defualt setting is "Prompt for consent"

4. Navigate to Local Policies -> Securities Option and then "User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators"

5. Double click "User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators". From the dropdown choose "Elevate without prompting" and click OK

Double click "User Account Control: Behaviour of the elevation prompt for administrators"

6. Security setting is now changed in Local Security Policy MMC to Elevate without prompting. You can now close the Local Security Policy MMC.

Security setting is now changed in Local Security Policy MMC