If you are attempting to access a Windows 7, Windows 8, Vista or Server 2008 (R2), Server 2012 (R2) computer you may get the” Access Denied – Failed to connect to ADMIN$ share” error , even when supplying the appropriate local user credentials that have Administrator access. If the target computer is not a member of a Windows 2003 or later Domain then this is most likely because the target system has Remote UAC enabled. Remote UAC prevents local administrative accounts from accessing ADMIN$. (more appropriately Remote UAC prevents local accounts from running in an elevated mode when connecting from the network) If you need to be able to access the ADMIN$ using a local account then you will need to disable Remote UAC. You can accomplish this by editing the registry.
Assuming you have all your other ducks in a row (Firewall exceptions, appropriate credentials of local administrative user, etc) then you just need to add a quick entry in the registry of the target computer. In the registry, navigate to
Create a DWORD value called LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy and assign it a value of 1.
You then can restart the Server service (but a reboot would be ideal ;-)).
* By default, when local credentials are used to access a Windows Vista (or later) system that is a member of a Windows Domain this problem does not exist. Your Windows domain may still disable Remote UAC.
** By default Remote administrative access is denied to local accounts when a Windows Vista (or later OS) is NOT a member of a Windows 2003 or later domain.