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Re: Local Admin question

On Thu, 26 Feb 2009, Boyd Kelly wrote:


I have used in the past interops systems utilities on SFU as well as NetBSD. However with little support from NetBSD I have left this idle for some time. I just discovered the debian port. Just one question before I go thru the all the hotfix stuffÿÿ..

For the hotfixes: You probably can install debian-interix successfully even without hotfixes for testing purposes. Installing hotfixes later shouldn't cause problems.

As I work for a large corp, I *cannot* log in as the 'real' local administrator of my machine. The account is renamed, I do not know the password. My personal domain account is in the local admin group, but I *cannot* fiddle with the renamed administrator account, or change the password. This caused me issues with NetBSD as compiling stuff wants to su - Administrator which obviously fails. I couldn't use the binaries as the shell doesn't use the ie proxy script, and fails to get outside. Setting http_proxy or ftp_proxy doesn't work.

Soÿÿÿÿ Is it game over for debian interix as well? Even if my DOMAIN\user account is in the local admin group?

I think yes, game over, unfortunately. Although I didn't try. Renaming the Administrator account probably doesn't cause any problems, as the UID remains the same. But only this UID (and the UID of SYSTEM) has special rights for Interix.

But one idea you could try: Start the installation as SYSTEM user. To get an initial cmd window with SYSTEM rights, issue

C:\> at 22:48 /interactive cmd.exe

For the time enter a value just 1 minute ahead the current time.
From this cmd window start the ksh and try to install.
I didn't test this, so please report your results.

Thank you

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