system error 1326

Note to self: When CreateProcessWithLogonW returns a 1326 system error (login error basicaly), you can always spawn Sysinternals’ PsExec.

While RunAs accepts the Administrator’s password from the terminal input by design, PsExec accepts it from a command line switch, which means that the source for the password can be the terminal, a file (encrypted symmetrically or not), a window application, etc. Way more flexible, but potentially insecure, especially if the administrator password is stored somewhere in the filesystem unencrypted.

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