I've looked at previous forum posts and drupal documentation: I'm probably not looking hard enough, but I simply just need to make another user (another one of my accounts) an administrator role. I've tried creating a new user role "administrators" and giving them all access in the "access control" but that doesn't do any good when I add new modules...

Simple way to make my other user name an admin? Let me know - thanks!

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Only the first user is a "true" administrator, but you can give someone enough powers of one. Just go to the access roles and create a new role with a little checkmark in every single box available and they will have just as much control as an administrator.

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Do you know if there are any exceptions to the above? In other words, are there any permissions that user 1 is granted that can NOT be replicated by creating a new role and checking every permission box?

Maybe a old-timer Drupal Guru could say for certain, but I'm not aware of anything that would be missed. Which means that you should be careful as to who you give all that access too...

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The only problem with doing it the way you're suggesting is that when you enable/install new modules, you would have to log back in as the original administrator and enable full access to those modules under the original administrator role.

...which wouldn't normally be a problem, however here is my predicament: I'm setting this drupal implementation up as an internal Intranet for my organization. I have the webserver_authentication module enabled, so whenever I go to the website, it's automatically validating me & logging me in with my windows credentials.... which is my network username, not "Administrator"... I need to give my windows login name administrative privleges in drupal.

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said person that has a check next to everything would have access to change the account roles and could enable the newly installed mods for himself.

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Only Number 1 user can do the update.php of drupal when he is logged in. But this can be bypassed, when you set the first variable in the update.php to false.
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My Dumb Question in reply: You did mark your user as an administrator after you made the new role, right? Only reason I ask, is because you didn't mention it. It's easy to forget the simple steps.

The big access permission you will need to make a user an admin like user id =1 is "access administration pages", "administer site configuration", "administer access control", "administer users". If there is anything you don't have access to because of a particular module, you can always go to access control to give yourself that permission later.

I actually prefer to do that setup than always logging into the user id=1 account because i can turn things off that I don't need.

I know this thread is long dead, but I found it when looking for a solution to the same problem. And now that we are in the future, we have a ready made module that does exactly what we want! It's called Admin Role.