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    Minimum right to install software

    I want to setup a new user so I donít have to use the administrators details to install software on the domain machines. What the minimum rights this new user would need to allow installs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jobos View Post
    I want to setup a new user so I donít have to use the administrators details to install software on the domain machines. What the minimum rights this new user would need to allow installs?
    Depends on the software - I've just had to make our "install" user a Domain Admin to get the Adobe CS3 silent install to complete okay.

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    Is there a way of running MSIs as administrator? I haven't noticed "Run As..." in the context menu, like there is for exes.

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    If you make a shortcut to the msi you may be able to run as from the advanced properties for the shortcut?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBrian View Post
    Is there a way of running MSIs as administrator? I haven't noticed "Run As..." in the context menu, like there is for exes.
    You can install MSIs from the commandline using the Windows installer, "msiexec.exe". You can probably run that executable as an admin user, or run the command from a batch file. I'd recommend AutoIt - it has a RunAs keyword that lets you run a command as a different user.

    An example commandline for msiexec might be:

    msiexec /i P:\AdobeAcrobat\9.Pro\AcroPro.msi /qb-

    Or with a transform too:

    msiexec /i P:\AdobeAcrobat\9.Pro\AcroPro.msi /T P:\AdobeAcrobat\9.Pro\AcroPro.mst /qb-

    Just type "msiexec" by itself to get up a help screen.

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    Last edited by dhicks; 3rd October 2008 at 11:24 AM. Reason: Un-escaped command line copy-and-pasted from Perl script.

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    You're "supposed" to be able to install as a Power User, but more often than not, something in the install will complain. There is a specific permission, "somewhere", called "install" or similar, that controls this.

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