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DOS run a program as another user

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DOS RUNAS feature
I have a .bat file which runs as a user logs in. I want to run a program as another user so I am using the run as feature to do this. RUNAS requires me to enter a password manually. How can I put in the password without any user intervention
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Hello bimalprakashsharma,
Not only will you not be able to with runas, you shouldn't.  It would expose your password if you tried this....

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What is it you're looking to accomplish - perhaps there's another way...

For example, use schtasks to run local tasks using the System account.

schtasks /create /ru system /sc once /st 09:00:00 /tn TaskName /tr "c:\program.bat"

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by:bimalprakashsharma
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sirbounty:

My users do not have access to a folder in c drive. I want to automatically copy a file in one of the folders which the normal user does not have access to. How can I do this?
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Have a list of computers?
Something like this could work:

for /f %%a in (C:\Computers.txt) do copy c:\sourcefile.txt \\%%a\c$\protectedfolder
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Or if you are running an Active Directory network then run a computer startup script rather than user login script, that runs as the computer which has full file system rights normally.
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by:bimalprakashsharma
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I am now running the update as an active directory script. Some computers update while others don't. Why is this?
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by:Steve Knight
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Try adding some logging.... run something like this as part of the batch file

@echo off
echo %date% %time% START >> \\server\share\logfile-%computername%.txt
\\\server\share\yourprogram.exe >>\\server\share\logfile-%computername%.txt
echo %date% %time% STOPPED >> \\server\share\logfile-%computername%.txt

then look at logfile-computersname.txt for what went on.

Steve
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by:bimalprakashsharma
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I have done the log file method you have suggested and it says "(0) files copied" on the computer that does not work. Why does it work on some and not on others?
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Try adding 2>>\\server\share\logfile-%computername%.txt to the line aswell.  That will capture any error messages too.

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