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Start admin tools while logged on as a user

Simple tip that allows administrators to run their admin tasks easily, without logging off and relogging on.

Start admin tools while logged on as a user
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Here's a simple tip, courtesy of the Microsoft Web site, that lets administrators perform admin tasks without logging out and back on.

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Have you ever been working while logged on with your regular user account, and had to close down all of your applications and windows to perform an administrative task? The Windows 2000 Secondary Logon service lets you run commands "as" the user, instead of having to log on as that user.

The following works for shortcuts to all administrative tools and most application shortcuts on the Start menu:

  • Select the application icon using a single left-click, hold down the SHIFT key and right-click the icon.
  • Click Run As. This will bring up a dialog box titled Run program as other user.
  • Type the user name, password, and domain of the user you want to run this application as in the appropriate fields, then click OK.

The application is now running in the security context of the user name you specified. If you specified administrator logon credentials, you may perform administrative tasks with the application.

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