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I am unable to use the STSADM command. When i try to use it, it shows me access denied.

I am the admin of my system, but still I am getting access denied.

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Are you running Server 2008? If so, you need to open the command prompt using the "Run as Administrator" option.

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User Access Control will prevent you from running commands unless you do the "Run As" that Mark suggested. –  Mike Oryszak Jun 17 '10 at 19:12
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Add your user account to the Administrators group on the Local Machine. Make sure the BUILTIN\Administrators is in the Farm Administration group.

Central Administration -> Operations -> Update farm administrator's group

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yeah i have been added to admin list.still same "access denied" –  Anonymous Jun 17 '10 at 18:56
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Are you logged in as a local administrator of the system? Also, you must be logged in to the SharePoint server via a remote desktop or local connection; you cannot "remotely" administer a SharePoint farm with stsadm.

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yes i have been logged in as administrator.But i m remotely accessing the PC.Is this an issue? –  Anonymous Jun 17 '10 at 19:02
As long as you log in remotely with an account that is a member of the Administrators group on the system, you should be fine (as in, issue isn't with remote desktop connection). –  James Love Jun 17 '10 at 20:01
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