Run as Admin Code - Service Manipulation Scripts

Paz Itzhaki-Weinberger, 17-May-2013




Dear Friends & Colleagues,


During my work I encountered a problem and wanted to share with everyone the solution.


The issue was a need to run a program as an administrator on a Windows system running with a standard user not only was that the problem, but there was a need to run this automatically to all the users in the domain with a batch file, and to make sure no one is prompted with a password screen (the run as command is limited and does not allow input of a password). Actually the issue was a bit more complex and demanded that a service will be run as an administrator while the machine is operating with the standard user.


The problem was tough, yet I have a swift solution Im sure you will all admire.


Enclosed see an example of both a script (please save as .vbs file, to be run with cscript) and a batch file (please save as .bat) to show how to use the sc command obviously you need to run the batch file using the script so you enter the batch into the WSNAME_COMMANDLINE and the administrator user and password into USER & PASS accordingly, and then run the code in a command like cscript example.bat and TA-DA, the deed is done!


Script Code Example

Option Explicit


Const USER = "enter domain\username here"

Const PASS = "enter password here"

Const WSNAME_COMMANDLINE = "enter command line to run here"


Dim fso : Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

Dim WSHShell : Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

Dim WshNetwork : Set WshNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")

Dim oDic : Set oDic = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")

Dim objArgs : Set objArgs = WScript.Arguments

Dim oProcessEnv : Set oProcessEnv = WshShell.Environment("PROCESS")


Dim sPathToRunAs, iReturnCode


sPathToRunAs = oProcessEnv("SystemRoot")&"\System32\runas.exe"

''msgbox sPathtorunas


if Not fso.FileExists(sPathToRunAs) Then : WScript.Quit(1) 'Can't find RunAs


'''msgbox "runas /user:" & USER & " " & CHR(34) & WSNAME_COMMANDLINE & CHR(34)

iReturnCode=WshShell.Run("runas /user:" & USER & " " & CHR(34) & WSNAME_COMMANDLINE & CHR(34), 2, FALSE)


Wscript.Sleep 40 ' Time for window to open.

WshShell.AppActivate(sPathToRunAs) ' Activate the Window

Wscript.Sleep 3

WSHShell.SendKeys PASS & "~" ' Send the password

Wscript.Sleep 3


''msgbox "done"


Batch File Example

sc config servicename obj= "domain\username" password= "password"


Good Luck,