I recently installed my first copy of Windows Server Essentials 2016. An odd thing happened. I walked through the setup and it had me create and administrator password. Then, it had me create another user with admin privileges. Then, the "administrator" account disappeared. I can't log in as administrator anymore. It doesn't show up in the dashboard.
Is this normal behavior or did I do something wrong? Can I get it back? I have added several user accounts and they are work fine.

  • Run the Active Directory Users and Computer snap-in, then look in the Users container. Do you see the Administrator account? Is it disabled? – Twisty Impersonator Jan 4 '18 at 20:26

The "Administrator" account disappeared.

The built-in Administrator account is disabled by default in Windows 8.0+ and Windows Server 2012+

Is this normal behavior or did I do something wrong?

This is indeed normal.

Can I get it back?

You just need to enable it again, the account still exists, the built-in Administrator account cannot be deleted. Worth pointing out the name of the built-in Administrator user can be changed.

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