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Need to run DriveImage XML batch file as administrator from low-level user environment

Posted on 2008-06-12
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I am needing to create images of all my domain workstations once a week.  I want to use DriveImage XML to perform this tack becuase is it free.  The issue is that all of the computers are logged in with low-level domain users (no local or domain admin rights).  I have created a successful batch file that launches DriveImage and completes the entire image backup to a network drive.  The issue is that it only runs when logged in as administrator.  On low-level users the batch file will launch (using the Windows scheduler with admin credentials), but the actual DriveImage program does not display and the backup never completes.

How can I run this scheduled program as a low-level user?
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by:SysExpert
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YOu need to run it with elevated rights, via a batch file CMD, DOS window, or using runas, command.

The problem is that the password will appear in the batch file, and that is a big security breach.

Other options are to use a bootable cD to do this, rather than trying to finish it via Windows.


I hope this helps !
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by:murryc
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Thanks for the feedback.  I would not mind giving the batch admin rights to run with becuase I now plan on pushing out the batch file using pexec which would give me full control from my admin workstation I use to push it out with.  This option works great when I push it out to a computer already logged in using an admin account.  Can you give me the coding I need to include in the batch file (or VBS file) that would launch the program with an admin account?

Running it in DOS is not going to work as I need to image about 60 computers on a LAN and do not want to visit each of them.
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murryc earned 0 total points
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Here is the prefect solution...
http://www.mast-computer.com/c_9-l_en.html

This allows me to apply the admin password, in encrypted form, to the runas command.
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