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Batch File - how to embed username & password

Batch File - how to embed username & password


I am trying to create a batch file which autmotically executes an evacuation list program located on a server. (Basically I will drop the batch file onto our fire wardens pcs and in the event of a fire any one of them can print off a list of who is in the building...)

I'm not very good with batch files.. I have called the program which opens up with a logon screen and login button.  I want to use commands in the batch file which will autmoatically login using username and password to this program without need for any user intervention, can this be done??  

I appreciate any advise, I'm off on 22-Jan so will not be able to reply to any posts until 23rd.

Many Thanks,

RE: Batch File - how to embed username & password

Without some fancier coding than I would be able to advise on, I would think that the program you're calling up has to support auto-filling of those fields in the syntax.  From a dos prompt, type:

{program path and name} /?
(without the brackets)

This should give you a list of the commands you can add to your batch file command.  Hopefully, there are commands for adding the username and password like:

c:\program.exe /u=username /p=password

Unfortunately, the exact syntax is unique to the program, so that's the best example I can give you.  Hope this helps.

RE: Batch File - how to embed username & password


Thanks for your advice but I'm afraid I couldn't get a list of commands using the /? as described above. I kept getting a popup error message from the application which included the following line:

exception message : GetProcAddress for MAPI.DLL function(s) failed

I'm not sure whats happening, the system I am trying to logon to using the batch file is called Mitrefinch Time Management System?? Maybe its just not meant to be!

RE: Batch File - how to embed username & password

Think about what you're asking for.

You want to put a plain text file (which is what a batch file is) on many computers.  There, anyone with access to the computer can open the file using, say, Notepad, and discover the plaintext userid/password for your time managment system.  

Don't you see any problem with that?

RE: Batch File - how to embed username & password

Administrators have significant permissions on a domain to perform numerous tasks and could possible cause havoc in the wrong hands.  

To be more blunt about this than harebrain, this is a HUGE security risk and ill-advised at best.

There is no built in command to windows that will accept a username AND a password in a batch file because of this security risk.  (Except Net Use, but that's only for accessing network shares).

If the application doesn't support something specific, you would need a third party app to do this.

RE: Batch File - how to embed username & password

Hi guys, thanks for your comments and help, I wasn't actually going to use an administrator password in the batch file I was going to setup one specific user account on the time management system and enable it to run one single report only, I understand the importence of security, and would not use an administrator password like that.. I think I will contact the people that created the system and see if they can help, thanks again for your help..

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