I have a folder full of obsolete roaming profile folders that I really want to tidy up. Due to the very restrict folder permissions on these folders, I found it would be a lot faster and easier if I can impersonate an individual user on the server and perform the archive job using RoboCopy command line.
The built-in “RunAs” seems to be a perfect command line made for the job. Typically, you can execute the command like:
runas /user:[email protected] "command and argument"
Moreover, it performs even quick with switch /noprofile that tells the command line to not load the user’s profile.
So, I could use the following command line if I would like to move a roaming profile folder from one server to another server.
runas /noprofile /user:[email protected] "robocopy \\server1\profiles\user1 \\server2\profiles\user1 /s /move"
If you prefer to open a command prompt window so you can interactive with the server, use “cmd” as the command.
runas /noprofile /user:[email protected] "cmd"
Type in the password for that user, a new command prompt window opens up with “cmd (running as so-on-so)” on the title line.
If you would like to open a PowerShell window, use “powershell” as the command instead.
runas /noprofile /user:[email protected] "powershell"