runas.exe - basic concept

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Chris, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest


    I'm running Vista Ultimate 64. I am trying to leverage some of the
    power of group permissions by setting up a directory that only a certain
    group can modify (for a Visual Source Safe code repository). The problem
    is: when I run Visual Source Safe, it doesn't inherit my group privileges
    and therefore cannot access the database. I am looking into runas.exe.
    That would accomplish what I ultimately want to do, but here's my problem...
    it requires me to put in my password to run something as me... now, if I
    right-click on an executable and select run as administrator, it doesn't
    require me to put my password in, because I am an administrator... but if I
    simply want to run something as Chris (my user account), I have to re-enter
    my password. It appears this is also the case if I do so programmatically
    using the Shell API. When I do put my password in, I get the desired
    results and the program runs with the necessary group permissions, but it
    seems that there has got to be a way to run something as myself without
    having to re-type in my password every time... I mean, if it can be done for
    administrative privileges, why not my other group privileges?

    I would be grateful for any solution, even if I have to build a program to
    use it...
    Thanks in advance,
    Chris, Nov 9, 2008
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  2. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Nevermind... I disabled UAC and now the groups work the way that I expect
    them to work. If anyone can figure out how to use groups other than
    Administrators properly under UAC, I would definitely like to know... I'd go
    back to using it again... but for now, this solves my problem.
    Chris, Nov 12, 2008
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