Dealing with UAP within the command prompt

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Mike Herchel, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. Mike Herchel

    Mike Herchel Guest

    Hi,
    What's the standard practice in dealing with User Account Protection
    withing cmd.exe? For example, When I run ipconfig /flushdns, the OS
    responds, "The requested operation requires elevation."

    I know I can do a runas command, but I also know that the administrator
    account is disabled by default, so its not like I can do this unless the PC
    is properly configured away from the default settings.

    Does anyone have any suggestions??

    Thanks,
     
    Mike Herchel, Jul 3, 2006
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  2. Mike Herchel

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    Hello,

    Here's what I do:

    - Click Start
    - Type cmd
    - Right-click cmd when it appears under programs
    - Click Run As Administrator

    This will cause the UAC prompt to appear and run the command prompt with
    full administrative rights.

    I don't think there's a way to initiate an elevation directly from the
    command prompt ... I think, for now at least, you have to do it from the
    shell.

    - JB
     
    Jimmy Brush, Jul 3, 2006
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  3. Mike Herchel

    Mike Herchel Guest

    Yeah, I know I can do that (along with the runas command), but the
    administrator account is disabled by default. It'd be nice if there was a
    way to do this via command prompt, or if it would prompt you at that point.
    I can forsee many different situations where I want to use administrative
    privilages within the command prompt, but I would not want to do it under
    any other account.

    Hopefully Microsoft will resolve this issue at some point (or I will find
    out a solution that already exists)

    Thanks for the answer though! Have a Happy Fourth of July!

    -Mike
     
    Mike Herchel, Jul 4, 2006
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  4. Mike Herchel

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    Hello,

    If you are running as an administrative user (any user in the administrators
    group), clicking "Run As Administrator" will invoke those administrator
    privledges by displaying the UAC permission dialog (the same screen that
    appears when you click on buttons in the control panel with the windows
    shield next to them).

    If you are running as a normal user, a dialog will appear asking for a
    password for any user who is a member of the administrators group.

    This works even if the administrator account is disabled, as long as there
    is at least 1 user who is a member of the administrators group.

    Please try this and see what I mean, it works fine without administrator
    being enabled, and I believe this behavior is different than the runas
    command :)

    - JB
     
    Jimmy Brush, Jul 4, 2006
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