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Hi Experts,

This is a more general question.  I tried to run tomcat configured as HTTPS server on a limited (non admin) account on Windows 7 pro.  I got blocked by the firewall.

I'm wondering if this is always the case- i.e., is there a way to run an HTTPS server as limited user without requiring elevation to admin status on the machine to be able to get around the firewall issue?

Thanks!
Mike
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do you get an error that the account lacks privileges to bind to the port 443?

In a domain environment, you can using a limited user grant them rights i.e. network rights.

Are you trying to impose on this setup something that is inherent when it is run on unix/linux?
starts with as root/ and then drops privileges to run as nobody??
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This is on Windows 7 pro.  How do you assign network rights to the user out of curiosity? I found out that tomcat forces you to run as admin do I guess that is why the firewall blocks the port.  There's a popup that usually gives you the option to add the firewall an exception for public or private networks but since I'm non admin, these options were not available...
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I was wondering whether you are looking to run tomcat as a limied/non-admin user to mimic the functionality tomcat has when run under linux/unix.

If you do not have admin rights on the system, you can not add rights to the user.  A domain admin can assign rights to any user using GPO.

I believe it is not a firewall that denies, but the OS because tomcat is trying to bind to a restricted port (443)  The firewall alterations are needed to grant access to the port from the outside whether or not there is anything there listening.
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