Platform: Windows 2000/XP/NET
Short Description: Now you can use RunAs in Scripts.
Trial Time: 7+23 days
License Model: Per seat
If you are administering Windows 2000/XP computers you know that administrative privileges are required to install applications and make configuration changes in your computers. As an administrator you would like to call setup programs and configuration routines from the logon/logoff script, this way you would automate all your administrative tasks from a centralized point. The pain is that the logon/logoff script runs under the interactive user account, therefore they cannot perform administrative tasks unless you give all your users administrator rights, obviously this is a security breach you cannot assume.
That's the reason why a lot of large companies in the world are using TqcRunas. TqcRunas is an inexpensive little program that will let you include Runas statements in your scripts in a safe and easy way. And now you can do it from your favorite scripting language!!
As you know Windows 2000 and XP has a useful utility called runas, using runas is possible to start programs that run with alternative user's credentials. This is really a powerful choice to administrators, because it would let them install programs and execute administrative tasks from scripts on Windows 2000/XP client computers.
The big problem is that runas asks for the account password interactively, therefore it is not possible to include runas statements in scripts.
TqcRunas overcomes this problem and provides several additional advantages:
TqcRunas accepts the password directly in the command line.
TqcRunas can read its command line from a strongly encrypted file, therefore you can exactly specify which programs and options your users can run with administrator's privileges without reveal the administrator's password.
You can make use of TqcRunas advantages using the executable modules directly or using the scriptable COM objects provided by TqcRunas.dll.
TqcRunas can be easily distributed to your clients computers or they can use them directly from a network share.
TqcRunas can execute runas commands in remote computers.
A new feature in TqcRunas 2002.2 is the ability to make use of impersonation in your scripts.