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Why can't I get Network drive info with elevated permissions?

Posted on 2011-09-21
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I am providing code to show you the problem.  I have network drives on my system and when I run this app under the debugger in Visual Studio 2010 the result is nothing.  If I take the executable aside and run it as Administrator still nothing.  But if I do not elevate the app the results are there. What am I doing wrong?  Why would elevating an app cause it to restrict the results?  That makes no sense.  Thanks for any help!

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.IO;
using System.Management;

namespace NetworkDrives
{
    public partial class NetworkDriveTest : Form
    {
        public NetworkDriveTest()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        private void btnGetNetworkDriveInfo_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            GetNetworkDriveStats("P:\\");
        }

        private void GetNetworkDriveStats(string Drive)
        {
            bool bDriveAvailable = false;
            string sRemoteBackupDrive = Path.GetPathRoot(Drive);
            lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("****Mapped Hard Drive****");
            lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("");
            try
            {
                ManagementObjectSearcher searcher =
                    new ManagementObjectSearcher("root\\CIMV2",
                    "SELECT * FROM Win32_LogicalDisk where DriveType=4");
                foreach (ManagementObject queryObj in searcher.Get())
                {
                    string sDriveName = queryObj["Name"].ToString();
                    if (sRemoteBackupDrive.Contains(sDriveName))
                    {
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("Drive " + queryObj["Name"]);
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("  Drive type: \t\t\t" + queryObj["Description"]);
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("  Volume label: \t\t\t" + queryObj["VolumeName"]);
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("  File system: \t\t\t" + queryObj["FileSystem"]);
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("  Compressed: \t\t\t" + queryObj["Compressed"]);
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("  UNC Path: \t\t\t" + queryObj["ProviderName"]);
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("  Quota Disabled: \t\t\t" + queryObj["QuotasDisabled"]);
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add(
                            "  Total available space: \t\t" + queryObj["FreeSpace"] + " bytes");
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add(
                            "  Total size of drive: \t\t" + queryObj["Size"] + " bytes ");

                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("");
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("=====================================================");
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("");
                        bDriveAvailable = true;
                    }
                    if (!bDriveAvailable)
                    {
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("  ERROR: Drive Was not in a ready state.");

                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("");
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("=====================================================");
                        lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("");
                    }
                }
            }
            catch (ManagementException e)
            {
                MessageBox.Show("An error occurred while querying for WMI data: " + e.Message);
            }
            lbxDriveStats.Items.Add("Queried Drives");
        }
    }
}

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Mapped drive do not have 2 slashes in their path. Replace ("P:\\") by ("P:\")
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Todd Gerbert earned 1500 total points
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@JamesBurger

A back-slash in C# has special meaning, and in order to include a back-slash in a string literal it must be escaped by preceding it with another back-slash. Using P:\ is invalid, and would produce a compilation error.


@Todd710

Perhaps by elevating the program you are causing it to run as a different user, presumably the Administrator, and if that user doesn't have P:\ mapped your results would be empty.

Also, look into System.IO.Drives.GetDrives() - that will give you some information about network drives, and would be preferable to WMI (assuming it includes all the information you need).  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.io.driveinfo.getdrives.aspx
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by:Todd710
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I am doubtful that the user is different that would cause way to many issues.

I appreciate your help and I will give GetDrives() a look.  But I really need to know why this is happening.  Surely I am not the only person that has had this issue before.  
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by:Todd710
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Additional info I just ran the application using GetDrives() with the same result see screenshots.
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@tgerbert

I am giving you credit for this question based on your answer the the issue was: "Perhaps by elevating the program you are causing it to run as a different user, presumably the Administrator".

However, the answer is that it is the same user different access tokens related to the UAC here is the MS explanation and work around. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937624
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by:Todd710
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I am giving you credit for this question based on your answer the the issue was: "Perhaps by elevating the program you are causing it to run as a different user, presumably the Administrator".

However, the answer is that it is the same user different access tokens related to the UAC here is the MS explanation and work around. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937624
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