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Local System Account Application Initiation

Technote (FAQ)


How can I run an application under the Local System Account?


TEM uses the local system account when performing operations such as software distribution on client machines. To troubleshoot that a client can run applications as local system, run the following commands:


  1. Open a Command Prompt Window (Start | Run | cmd.exe).
  2. Check your local system time (TIME, then hit enter to dismiss any time changes).
  3. Run the command: AT [time + 1 min] /interactive cmd.exe (remember to include the AM/PM if using non-military time).
  4. Run AT to make sure it says it's set to run today (if it says tomorrow, delete the job AT [job number] /d and try again).
  5. At the appropriate time a window will pop open.
at 10:00AM /interactive cmd.exe

Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012

Running an interactive system account session is prevented in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012 due to security concerns. To test applications using the system account, download PSTools from SysInternals from the following site:
Extract the files locally and you will use the file named PSexec.exe.
  1. Run cmd.exe as an Administrator (right-click shortcut or executable and select "Run as administrator").
  2. Navigate to the PSTools extract directory from within the shell window.
  3. Run the following command: psexec -i -s applicationexample.exe.
Internet Explorer:
psexec -i -s "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Iexplore.exe"
psexec -i -s cmd.exe

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Document information

More support for: IBM BigFix family

Software version: 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: 1505733

Modified date: 23 May 2014