Is it possible to run a batch script as an administer? We need this to be done without any user interaction, so there can't be any password prompt or UAC popups - is this possible?
You can use a Joeware tool - CPAU.exe to accomplish this:
cpau.exe -u machinename\administrator -p secret_password -ex "path_to_a_program.exe" -lwop
This tool makes easy work of running a program in a privileged context on demand.