When standard users access Vista registry remotely, Access Denied

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Gayle, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. Gayle

    Gayle Guest

    When a standard user connects to Vista Registry remotely using Regedit, on
    accessing HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key, an Access Denied error message dialog pops
    up. Does Registry Virtualization work only when standard users access the
    Registry locally & not remotely? Where can I get more information about this
    behavior of Registry Virtualization on Vista?

    Domain Administrators can access HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key without any error.
    Does Registry virtualization work differently for standard users?
    Gayle, Oct 10, 2007
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  2. Gayle

    joedreadlock Guest

    This behavior is not unique to Vista, users must be local administrators on
    the remote PC to view the registry on a remote PC.
    Domain Administrators, by default, are members of the local administrators
    group on any PC joined to the Domain.

    Regarding local registry access, all users are permitted to view the
    registry locally. Keys have permissions assigned restricting certain parts
    of the registry from view, as well as determining read/only vs. modify vs.
    full control access to keys.
    Thus, a standard user can access the local registry, limited to browsing and
    modifying specific keys based upon registry permissions.
    A standard user cannot connect to the registry of a remote PC.
    joedreadlock, Oct 10, 2007
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