To manage the configuration of Active Roles, you must have the necessary permissions. It is sufficient to be a member of the Active Roles Admin account. The Active Roles Admin account is specified when configuring the Administration Service. It defaults to the Administrators group on the computer running the Administration Service.
To configure a particular Administration Service using the Active Roles console, you need to manually specify the Administration Service to connect to. Otherwise, the console automatically selects the Administration Service.
You can use the Connect to Administration Service dialog box to select the appropriate Administration Service. To display this dialog box, right-click Active Roles in the console tree and click Connect. The dialog box looks as shown in the following figure.
Figure 116: Connect to Administration Service
In the Service box, type or select the name of the computer running the Administration Service to connect to, and then click Connect. The Service box provides a list of names that were specified for previous connection sessions. The last selected name is displayed by default.
To select the Administration Service that is not in the list, click the Select button next to the Service box:
This displays the Select Administration Service dialog box, shown in the following figure.
Figure 117: Select Administration Service
The Select Administration Service dialog box lists the Administration Services that are available in the specified forest. You can choose a different forest by clicking Change. The list items are sorted according to priority, considering site location and service load (less loaded Administration Services are displayed at the top of the list). To add a certain Service to the Connect to Administration Service dialog box, click that Service and then click OK.
If you have connected to a specific Service, the console will attempt to automatically connect to that Service on every subsequent start. If you have selected <Any available Administration Service>, the console will attempt to connect to the nearest, least loaded Service in the specified forest, giving preference to the Services that belong to the same replication group as the Service to which the console was connected in the previous session.
By default, the console connects to the Administration Service in the security context of your logon account (that is, the user account to which you have logged on). This means that you can only use the console to perform the tasks that are delegated to your user account. You have the option to establish a connection using a different account, in order to change the scope of the allowed tasks. Click Options to expand the Connect to Administration Service dialog box, as shown in the following figure.
Figure 118: Connect to Administration Service
Click The following user and specify the user logon name and password of the account to be used for connection. By selecting the Remember password check box you can have the console automatically use the specified user name and password in the future connection sessions. Otherwise, on a subsequent start, the console will prompt you for a password.
By default, on installing Active Roles, all users are allowed to log in to the MMC interface. To manage the MMC interface access for a user, you must configure the options using Configuration Center | MMC Interface Access| Manage settings. Selecting this option restricts all non Active Roles Administrators from using the console. All delegated users are affected, however, it does not apply to Active Roles Administrators.
To be able to log in to the MMC interface, the user must be delegated with the User Interfaces access rights on the User Interfaces container under Server Configuration. User Interfaces Access templates that provide the access rights are available as part of the Active Roles built-in Access templates in the User Interfaces container.
To delegate the control to users in the User Interfaces container you must apply the User Interface Access Template
After you complete these steps, the users and groups you selected in Step 3 are authorized to log in to the MMC interface.
When you start the Active Roles console, it automatically selects the appropriate Administration Service, and establishes a connection to that Service. However, you can connect to a specific Administration Service at any time.
To select the Administration Service to connect to