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Use IPC$ for administration

It can be a major security risk to always be logged on as a domain administrator. When you walk away from your machine, even for a short time, you open yourself up to security breaches. Instead, log on to your workstation as a regular user and connect to a server with the IPC$ share when you need administrative privileges.

The syntax is as follows:

   Net use \\thePDC\IPC$ /user:domain\AdminAcct AdminPasswd

When you're finished with your administration task, issue the following command:

   Net use \\thePDC\IPC$ /d

This will get you back to your user-level account.

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