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Microsoft Windows allows users to define
<http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/Windows/XP/all/reskit/en-us/prda_dcm_qnos.asp> GPOs (Group Policy Objects) in a domain environment. GPO is used by many network administrators to restrict the permissions of users.
By using the RunAs functionality of Windows it is possible to bypass user GPO settings completely.
By using the run as or the runas /noprofile commands it is possible to bypass user GPO settings completely.
Example: 1. Set up a domain with strict security settings. e.g. Software restrictions policies, hide local drives, remove "run", disable cmd.exe and so on.
Vendor Response: Microsoft was contacted by the author, and replied that user restrictions under GPO are not to be used as a security measure, but instead, it is used to prevent users from damaging their environment.
Note that GPO restrictions are widely used as a security enhancement, and
several Microsoft documents recommend this step in security policies. For
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