What privileges will a task run under when started via the "RunAdvertisement" method?

Article:HOWTO9359  |  Created: 2008-09-11  |  Updated: 2008-09-26  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO9359
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What account privileges will a Notification Server Agent task run under if it is initiated via the GUI or via the Administrator SDK "RunAdvertisement" method? What privileges are required to initiate a task from via script remotely?


The privileges required to initiated a task (either programmatically or via the UI) are distinctly separate and can be different to those under which the task executes.

The privilege under which a Notification Server Agent task will execute is pre-defined by an Altiris administrator within the Program definition of a Package. These pre-defined credentials will be used whenever a Task execution is initiated either via the Agent UI or via the Administrator SDK "RunAdvertisement" method.

A task can be initiated programmatically via the Altiris Agent DCOM+ object. The account used to access the DCOM+ object must have the Launch and Activation privileges.

You can check the DCOM+ privileges for the Altiris Agent object by:

  • Opening the Component Services plug-in.
  • Expand the tree: Component Services > Computers > My Computer > DCOM Config > Altiris Agent.
  • Right-click on the Altiris Agent object and select Properties.
  • Click on the Security tab.
  • Check the Permissions under the Launch and Activation Permissions.

The default permissions are:

 Account/Group Name  Local Launch  Remote Launch Local Activation  Remote Activation
 Administrators (local group)  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
 INTERACTIVE  Yes    Yes  
 SYSTEM  Yes    Yes  

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