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NIS and Administrator Privileges

By escheitz ·
I have learned that you should not run your computer with the administrator account, but NIS says it will only run correctly under the administrator account. For example if I change to a power user, my automatic liveupdate for the AntiVirus program is disabled, and not telling what else is not working properly. Any suggestions on this seemingly dumb restriction on their software? (Except to force everybody, even home user to their corporate version of the product)

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by BFilmFan In reply to NIS and Administrator Pri ...

If this is Windows XP, you can run software using the RUNAS command. Step by step details are available here:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;294676&sd=tech

Enjoy!

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by CG IT In reply to NIS and Administrator Pri ...

when you install software you install it under your power user account. If the software requires an admin account to install , then like answer #1 you use run as.

Yes, live update "configuration" will be disabled however, the program runs as a service, therefore you will get your updates automatically. Many programs run as a service and do not require a user to belong to the administrators group to operate properly. Microsofts update service and Norton Live Update are examples.

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by escheitz In reply to NIS and Administrator Pri ...

I have tried the runas, but the program errors out, with some not able to initialize driver message. I have NIS 2005 on win XP SP2. Is it built into NIS not to allow the runas command for security reasons?...

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by CG IT In reply to NIS and Administrator Pri ...

ah, how did you configure the Windows XP SP2 security center? by default the Windows XP firewall is enabled [though this will NOT interfer with installing a program it will interfer with Norton Internet Security. Both are firewall products.

Install Norton Internet Security with the administrators account. Configure Windows security center with the Windows firewall turned off and that you'll use your own firewall. then use your computer with the power users account. Norton updates are done either when a new critical update is required or Wednesday evening after 6pm or Thursday.

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by CG IT In reply to

NIS will run as a service for all user accounts not just the admin account. If you need to configure NIS then log on with the admin account.

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by escheitz In reply to NIS and Administrator Pri ...

I still have not been able to configure this program to work. I have Internet Security 2005, and the liveupdate does not run as a service. The auto update does not work at all, which makes the Antivirus useless, and the program has other quirky problems even when using the runas command. It works fine when ran under an administrator account, but that is the whole point. I wanted some security while being connected to the internet, but their product required me to initially lower my security to the number 6 SANS top 10 Windows threats, by surfing the net with an Administrator account. Is there any way to win...

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