Is there a way to run a Powershell Prompt with Elevated privileges from a command linein Server 2012?

Problem is this is 'Minimal Server Interface' mode without full server-gui installed so I can run powershell from only either the command prompt or from ServerManager.

I am actually trying to run the command: Enable-ServerManagerStandardUserRemoting but although this appears to work it does not add the user in question to the various groups as it is supposed to do. I suspect it is not working properly because I am not running it from a fully elevated powershell prompt, just a standard prompt but as Administrator.

Thanks, Nick


Sure... works on Windows 7+, too.

Open Powershell first:

Type PowerShell to enter a PowerShell session.

Once in the session:

Type Start-Process PowerShell -Verb RunAs and press Enter.

That will open a new Powershell process as Administrator.

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To do it all with only one line from the command prompt, just type:

powershell -Command "Start-Process PowerShell -Verb RunAs"

  • Thanks, that probably worked. Enable-ServerManagerStandardUserRemoting still doesn't add the user to the groups but at least that rules out any lack of elevation problem. – NickC Jan 8 '13 at 16:15
  • I've never messed with that command...but I'm guessing you already looked here for details? technet.microsoft.com/library/jj205470 – TheCleaner Jan 8 '13 at 17:14

An alternative method is to do the following:

  1. type: runas /user:admin username powershell
  2. enter the appropriate password when prompted

You're done!

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    if you're going to use runas.exe, the first step is unnecessary, just run it from cmd.exe – Mathias R. Jessen Feb 18 '15 at 15:08
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    The difference here is mine was simply to run it elevated, not to run it as a different user. If you try mine out you'll see that you aren't prompted for additional credentials, it simply creates a new elevated shell. Yours is more for running Powershell as someone else. – TheCleaner Feb 18 '15 at 17:28
  • Mathias - thank you for correcting me, I'm by no means an expert! TheCleaner - Please don't misunderstand, your method is very good. I couldn't get it to work in my Core 2012 server setup but I'm sure it was my fault! So this was the alternative method, I'll edit the answer. – Opera512 Feb 18 '15 at 18:39

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