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"Could Not Access the Local Server" Error Message When You Log on Locally with Non-Administrator Account

Article ID: 256135

Article Last Modified on 3/1/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server

This article was previously published under Q256135


When you try to log on locally with a non-administrator account, you may receive the following error message:

Could not access the local server

No events regarding these logon attempts not working may be recorded in the Security Log, although the other networking functions of the server operate normally.


This issue can occur if McAfee Net Shield version 4.0.3a is installed on your computer.


To resolve this issue, contact McAfee to inquire about the availability of a fix for this issue.

To work around this issue, uninstall McAfee Net Shield version 4.0.3a. Note that if you do so, you must exercise extreme caution while your anti-virus program is uninstalled.


The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

This problem may occur in both Native-mode and Mixed-mode environments. All user accounts were added to the Local Computer Policy in the following Tree:

Local Computer Policy\Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignments\Logon Locally

You can view this with user accounts that are created on the local computer, specific Domain User accounts, and Domain User Groups that have all been added to the Logon Locally Right.

Additional query words: Login Deny Denied Terminal Users

Keywords: kb3rdparty kberrmsg kbprb KB256135