That darn guy SYSTEM!

Sysadmin pilot fish and two of his cohorts arrive at work one day to find that nothing is working on the domain server.

"I attempt to connect remotely and, since I cannot, I am forced to log on locally," fish says. "After going through the event log, it is clear that the SYSTEM user permission has been disabled for the C: drive.

"After adding it back on, everything runs properly."

"Come to find out that one of the VPs had asked to be added to the domain admin group. After getting his new privileges he decided that, since he did not know who the SYSTEM user was, they should not have access to the C: drive.

"Needless to say, his admin privileges were yanked shortly after, and all the other servers were reviewed for potential changes."

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