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We're using OCS-NG to inventorise our systems. But in Windows 7 everytime you logon you get the following message: do you want to allow the following program from an unknown publisher to make changes to this computer. Because it is a program we know and trust, I want to ask if there is a way to make it doesn't ask this question anymore. Does anybody have an idea on this one?

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Not that I'm aware of without hacking or maybe some third party tool. UAC is either on or off. A malware could impersonate your app and gain elevated permissions. The onus is on the software developers to manifest their software. You could set the exe to run as administrator using local security policy but that may not be advisable

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709691(WS.10).aspx
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UAC is all or nothing unfortunately, if you have well managed desktops I would be inclinded to disable it.

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And is there no way to set somewhere to accept some software to be allowed? I don't want to disable UAC, but if this isn't possible we're having a big problem. :(
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nope, unless you disable UAC or get the software writers to resend it
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@jvuz this feature really was designed more to protect the home user rather than the enterprise user.
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@MojoTech So not very well tought through by Microsoft then :(
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I'm afraid I'm havinf to disable UAC, unless someone comes with a solution (or maybe a workaround).
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one of the main reasons for uac is to stop lazy programmers from developing software that expects/demands admin privaleges. As has been mentioned, uac can be toned down/disabled in a corporate environment providing the network admin is doing their thing properly.
What is it that this app is trying to do that warrants the uac prompt? you mention it says "make changes to your computer" Changes?
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It makes an inventory of the machine and sends it back to the server. It logs what is has done and writes that in the pc (into program files).
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And are youable to talk to the software vendor about the prompts?
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I'll have a look at their fora.
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ok. You really don't have many options other than those already mentioned (unless the vendor can help) The "program files" folder is fairly sensitive and is rightly protected.
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You could schedule it as a task to run at logon and set it to run with highest privileges and you will not receive prompt.  See attached.
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We'll try to change the path where OCS wants to write to. Thanks all for helping me out here.

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