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Windows 7: Batch file to run MMC as a different domain user?

27 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Batch file to run MMC as a different domain user?

I'm stumped.
I have a batch file that I used on XP to run an MMC that I created for common management tasks. In the MMC I have the ability to run regedit as a root forest domain privileged user (for remote system registry editing), password resets (using AD) remote computer management, and several web links for common sites the team uses. I did this so it was all in one place and it worked awesome in Win XP. When I run the batch file it reports that the directory could not be found.

Here's the command in the batch file:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\runas.exe /savecred /profile /env /user:root forest domain account "mmc Admin_Tools.msc"

Obviously the account being used for the privileged access is put after the user switch.

Here is the error I get:

C:\Users\username\Desktop>C:\WINDOWS\system32\runas.exe /savecred /profile /env
/user:elevated username "mmc Admin_Tools.msc"
Attempting to start mmc Admin_Tools.msc as user "root forest domain account" ...
RUNAS ERROR: Unable to run - mmc Admin_Tools.msc
267: The directory name is invalid.

I have verified that runas is in the same place as in XP, as well as MMC. I have run the batch file with elevate access as well as run the command prompt with elevated access (in fact that was copied from an elevated command prompt). The account I'm running it on has admin rights on the box, though UAC is set, I own both the account this was run from and the "root forest" privileged account, this account is NOT a domain admin.

This is all being done on Win 7 Pro in a large enterprise domain environment. Again, this batch file worked and still works on Win XP in the same environment.


I should add that the MMC console runs fine if I don't use the batch file.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64


I know we have some awesome how-to people here, maybe it should be in a different forum?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 clean install

I tried this and it works:
runas /user:Davide "mmc services.msc"
Can you try the same command as mine and see if it works?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

31 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I'll try it tomorrow.

I'm also considering using Powershell for this rather than a batch file but I need to learn a little about it first.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Did not work. It tells me it requires elevation, even running from an elevated command prompt.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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