Re: Local Admin question
On Thu, 26 Feb 2009, Martin Koeppe wrote:
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.
So 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
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.
To start an interix shell from this initial cmd shell, issue:
C:\Windows\system32> posix /u /c /bin/ksh -l
If the real Administrator should be needed, get my shellas tool:
and issue from the SYSTEM ksh:
$ ./shellas <Administrator> <hostname>
and verify that you have a shell with