Elevation Power Toys and VS 2008 Admin Command Prompt Here
NOTE: I’m no longer maintaining the Command Prompt Round-Up. Instead, visit the Command Prompt Here Generator.
I won’t lie - I’ve been doing most of my development up until now in Windows XP (not by choice) and as I move into Windows Server 2008 territory, there are little gotchas I’m finding as I work as a non-admin user. The one I ran into today is that our build script runs regsvr32 to register and unregister NCover during the build (so different products/projects can use different versions of NCover without having to actually install them). That’s only something an admin user can do.
The problem comes in when I right-click on a folder and choose “VS.NET
2008 CMD Prompt
Here” - it’s
running as me, not an administrator. Even if I do a
runas /user:Administrator "msbuild default.msbuild" from there it’s
not doing what I want it to because the environment’s not set up or
whatever. Point is, I needed “VS.NET 2008 Admin CMD Prompt Here” so
that’s what I made.
I updated my “Command Prompt Here”
include “VS.NET 2008 Admin CMD Prompt Here” so you can download that and
away you go. It basically just does the
before running vsvarsall.bat, but it works great from what I can tell.
Something else I found while I was searching to see if someone else had already done this - the Elevation Power Toys over on TechNet. This is a gargantuan array of scripts and installers for everything from “Command Prompt Here (as Administrator)” to “PowerShell Prompt Here (as SYSTEM)” and more. It’s well worth the time to check out - enough so that I’m not replicating all of that in my own roundup. Go ahead and grab those Power Toys. You’ll be glad you did.