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Start Active Directory Users and Computers Using Run As

As a security best practice, it is recommended that we do not log on our computer with administrative credentials because it will otherwise increase security risks.

When we want to perform administrative tasks, we could use RUNAS to start a program using administrative accounts.

We know we can do Shift + Right Click to get RUNAS command in some of the case but for some, that is not an option, such as Active Directory management tools.

What we can do is to use command line to accomplish those tasks.

runas /user:domain\yli "mmc %windir%\system32\dsa.msc"

Of course, this applies to other .msc snap-ins.

We can then create shortcuts for these RUNAS commands on the desktop to make them handy.

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Ying Li obtained a Master degree of Medicine in China and worked in the medical field before he came to the states in 1996. He made the career switch from troubleshooting people to troubleshooting computers after he came to the states. Not entirely a surprise there, if you know that his second preference for college is Mathematics. Ying is two times Admin Framework MVP awardee (2007-2008).His previous employment experience in the US includes UUNET, MCI WorldCom. MMC (Marsh & McLennan Companies), Merrill Lynch. He is currently employed by Related Companies as a Senior Infrastructure Engineer. He is proficient in virtually all Microsoft products (Office/Back office). His craving for efficiency naturally leads him to scripting, automation and before you know it, PowerShell! He is currently a MCSE (NT4, 2000, 2003) and MCITP Server Administrator. Ying enjoys wines and love to travel. His non work related passion is to advocate Health Living!

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