Why Is It Important to Be a Local Admin in PVS?

My Friends,

Today we are going to talk about permissions in PVS and why it is important for the Soap service user to be a member of Local Administrators on your Provisioning Servers.

For the most part in PVS you can get by with just letting the Configuration Wizard do its thing during initial setup. It enables the different services that make the PVS functionality possible (Soap, Stream, etc.) and turns on the necessary permissions on the database. For KMS, however, every time you switch modes from Private to Standard and select Key Management Service on the vDisk, PVS performs a volume operation on the server that requires elevated privileges, specifically the ability to perform volume maintenance tasks and if you are running Soap/Stream under, say, Network Service or a custom=made account, it will likely lack those rights. While there is a GPO that you can enable called “Perform Volume Maintenance Tasks” under \Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment\ in GPEDIT.msc and add your account to the member list, you will definitely be better off just adding Soap user to the Local Administrators group on all Provisioning Servers in the farm. You will save yourself a lot of headaches down the road – permissions are always tricky!


– The PVS Guy