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Admin Know-IT-All Question #10

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c. Use the Windows 2000 command-line function, RUNAS

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Windows 2000 features a command-line function, RUNAS, which allows a user to execute another program with a different user's credentials. This can be used as a way to provide local users with certain administrative functions in a noninteractive way, without actually granting them the rights to do so.

First, you must create a specially-created account that can perform the needed administrative tasks, but has no local or network logon privileges (to prevent users from logging in as that user and tampering). The desktop user should know the password for this account, but should not be able to change it, log on with it, or use the account in any other way.

Then create a batch file or other executable that contains the needed commands, and place it in a special folder. If you want, you can create a folder that has the permissions described below and allow all children of that folder to inherit the same permissions automatically...

If this quiz has left you yearning for more information, please check the links below for related articles and tips:

>> Read the rest of Serdar Yegulalp's article entitled Use the RUNAS Command for administrative tasks.

>> Read this article on using RUNAS to save time and build an administrative launchpad.

>> Here is a user-submitted tip that will tell you how to use RUNAS from the Start Menu.

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