Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials –You do not have permission to open the dashboard.
November 11, 2013 3 Comments
A question came up in the Essentials Forum recently which prompted me to build quite a large lab, and not even manage to repro the issue. The issue affects both the Essentials Role and the SKU., but it does not appear to affect R1.
The symptoms were, that a user of the Domain Admins was unable to open the Dashboard, being greeted instead with this error..
Having checked the relevant group memberships and that sort of thing, we were all a little puzzled.
The solution it turns out, is very simple. It is based on the users Primary Group Membership. If the Primary Group of your administrator is set to ‘Domain Admins’ then the dashboard will fail to open with the error above.
You can see this noted in the Dashboard log file. (c:\programdata\microsoft\windows server\logs)
It is a curious error, and i’m interested to know how common it is to have changed the primary group of an administrator account.
However simply changing it back to the default ‘Domain Users’ is enough to solve the problem.
Simply click on ‘Domain Users’ and then click the ‘Set Primary Group’ button.
Thanks to rowebil for posting the solution.