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User Impersonation Problem

MiSheps asked
Last Modified: 2013-12-17
Ok, I've got a problem that's making my brain hurt! I need your help!

I am using user impersonation to perform certain tasks within my application. I am fortunate in that in this situation I can hard code the Admin user/pass.

I am using impersonation successfully to do things such as writing files to permission locked areas, etc. so I know that my impersonation is working correctly. (ie writing to the root of C:\ with admin rights allows me to write a file, whereas without admin rights I am denied.) When I write the file using my impersonation I AM able to write the files to admin only security sections.

HOWEVER, what ISN'T WORKING is a certain function which I need most.

I need the ability to release a specific IP of a specific type of adapter and then the ability to renew that IP of that adapter.

The command that I'm using to do so is:

ipconfig.exe /release "Wireless Network Connection"

I'm doing so in the following code snip:

            using (new ImpersonatedUser("administrator", Environment.MachineName, _adminPass))
                ProcessStartInfo pInfo = new ProcessStartInfo();
                pInfo.FileName = @"ipconfig.exe";
                pInfo.Arguments = @"/release ""Wireless Network Connection""";
                Process p = Process.Start(pInfo);  //Start the process.

                StreamWriter sw = File.CreateText(@"C:\AAATest.log");

In the example above, the file "C:\AAATest.log" IS created with the first line of "test1" however, the IP is NOT released for the "wireless network adapter".

I know that my syntax for releasing the IP is correct because when I right click/runas a cmd.exe with admin rights, and execute the same command manually, it DOES successfully release it.

But for some reason, it doesn't release it when I do it programatically.

My only guess is that perhaps since I'm logged in as a different user, the "wireless network adapter" doesn't actually show in the "administrator" environment since that isn't actually who is logged in?

I'm not sure, but I do know that I need a programatic solution for it.

I'll also attack as a code snip the clase in which I'm using to impersonate the specified user:

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
using System.Security.Principal;

namespace SandBox001
    public class ImpersonatedUser : IDisposable
        IntPtr userHandle;
        WindowsImpersonationContext impersonationContext;

        public ImpersonatedUser(string user, string domain, string password)
            userHandle = IntPtr.Zero;
            bool loggedOn = LogonUser(
                out userHandle);

            if (!loggedOn)
                throw new Win32Exception(Marshal.GetLastWin32Error());

            // Begin impersonating the user
            impersonationContext = WindowsIdentity.Impersonate(userHandle);

        public void Dispose()
            if (userHandle != IntPtr.Zero)
                userHandle = IntPtr.Zero;

        [DllImport("advapi32.dll", SetLastError = true)]
        static extern bool LogonUser(
            string lpszUsername,
            string lpszDomain,
            string lpszPassword,

            LogonType dwLogonType,
            LogonProvider dwLogonProvider,
            out IntPtr phToken

        [DllImport("kernel32.dll", SetLastError = true)]
        static extern bool CloseHandle(IntPtr hHandle);

        enum LogonType : int
            Interactive = 2,
            Network = 3,
            Batch = 4,
            Service = 5,
            NetworkCleartext = 8,
            NewCredentials = 9,

        enum LogonProvider : int
            Default = 0,

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