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ConfigMgr: Start the Console as a Different User

Posted by Trevor Sullivan on 2011/10/24


In the interest of security, some organizations provide administrative IT users with separate user accounts for administrative tasks. While this improves security, it often complicates day-to-day administrative tasks by requiring additional logins to various programs or remote systems. If you are a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager administrator who is running the console on your administrative workstation (remote from the ConfigMgr provider), you can adjust your default Start Menu shortcut to the following command, which will always prompt you for your administrative password:

C:\Windows\system32\runas.exe /user:domain\MyAdminAccount "mmc \"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager Console\AdminUI\bin\adminconsole.msc\""

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4 Responses to “ConfigMgr: Start the Console as a Different User”

  1. mariorami said

    I just tried it on a computer running Win7x64 but I received the error: 740: The requested operation requires elevation.

  2. Mike said

    Love it :). Still using XP so no UAC to worry about.

  3. Luis said

    Hello, I want to do this for help desk staff but i have access denied

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