account operator

Definition of account operator in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Account Operator?

In Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000, account operators are users who are assigned the responsibility of administering user and group accounts for a network.

To make an individual an account operator, simply make them a member of the Account Operators group. Account operators can administer accounts only on a domain controller, not on a member server or workstation.

Account operators have the preassigned rights to log on locally to a domain controller and to shut down the system.

In addition, account operators have the built-in capacity to create and manage user accounts, global group accounts, and local group accounts, as well as to keep local profiles.

Account operators should be assigned in enterprise-level networking environments only. In small to medium-sized networking environments, creating and configuring user accounts is usually the responsibility of the administrator.