Solved

Get User Input in a bat file

Posted on 2008-06-19
8
1,854 Views
Last Modified: 2008-06-25
Hi All,

I'm trying to write a bat file with the use of the "Net Use" command like this:
net use k: \\mypcname\c$ password /User:Operator1

I don't want to hard code the password in the bat file. How can I ask the user to input this password while running this bat file. Please advise. Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:cplau
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • +1
8 Comments
 
LVL 67

Expert Comment

by:sirbounty
ID: 21828062
set /p pw=Enter your password:
0
 
LVL 7

Accepted Solution

by:
fhmc earned 125 total points
ID: 21828135
how about

mapk.bat
::capture user input and store it in an environment variable
set /p netusepw=Please Enter Your Password:
::execute net user command and pass environment variable
net use k: \\mypcname\c$ %netusepw% /user:Operator1
::clear previously stored data in environment variable
set netusepw=asdfasdf
:end
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:fhmc
ID: 21828142
argh...  sirbounty beat me to it.
0
Use Case: Protecting a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

Microsoft Azure is rapidly becoming the norm in dynamic IT environments. This document describes the challenges that organizations face when protecting data in a hybrid cloud IT environment and presents a use case to demonstrate how Acronis Backup protects all data.

 
LVL 67

Expert Comment

by:sirbounty
ID: 21828153
just use
setlocal
at the head of your batch file - that way you won't have to clear the password, regardless of the variable you use for it...
0
 
LVL 43

Expert Comment

by:Steve Knight
ID: 21828672
Can't try it right now but... if you just leave the password off the net use line does it not prompt the user for the password anyway if it doesn't match their current one?

Steve
0
 
LVL 83

Expert Comment

by:oBdA
ID: 21829206
The correct way is actually to use an asterisk instead of leaving out the password in the "net use".
That way,
- the password will not be displayed when it's entered
- Windows won't try first to authenticate with the current user's password, causing possible lockouts and auditing events.

net use k: \\mypcname\c$ * /User:Operator1
0
 
LVL 43

Expert Comment

by:Steve Knight
ID: 21829376
Thanks oBdA, thats what I was thinking of... haven't done it in ages as of course 99.9% of the time there is domain authentication involved or the users have the same user/passwords on the different systems.

Either way it's a better solution IMO than having a prompt where the user has to type their password into a visible prompt and store it in an environment variable, might aswell just put the password in the batch file if so!

Steve
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:fhmc
ID: 21832893
I agree, dragon-it's approach is far superior to the env. variable approach (I didn't realize "net use" could natively prompt for credentials.)  noted.

that said, I don't agree the security concerns associated to defining and almost immediately clearing a password in an environmnet variable is anything close to the concerns associated w/ storing a password in clear text in a .bat file...
0

Featured Post

Comprehensive Backup Solutions for Microsoft

Acronis protects the complete Microsoft technology stack: Windows Server, Windows PC, laptop and Surface data; Microsoft business applications; Microsoft Hyper-V; Azure VMs; Microsoft Windows Server 2016; Microsoft Exchange 2016 and SQL Server 2016.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Migration of Exchange mailbox can be done with the ExProfre.exe tool. But at times, when the ExProfre.exe tool migrates the Exchange Server user profile, it results in numerous synchronization problems. Synchronization error messages appear in the e…
When you start your Windows 10 PC and got an "Operating system not found" error or just saw  "Auto repair for startup" or a blinking cursor with black screen. A loop for Auto repair will start but fix nothing.  You will be panic as there are no back…
In this video I am going to show you how to back up and restore Office 365 mailboxes using CodeTwo Backup for Office 365. Learn more about the tool used in this video here: http://www.codetwo.com/backup-for-office-365/ (http://www.codetwo.com/ba…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…

816 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

13 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now