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Using Duo with elevated rights in Active Directory for RSAT commands


Does Duo support user “run-as” and RSAT commands in AD with elevated rights? If so, are there instructions on how to set this up.

I am looking to support Active Directory Administrators with MFA for when they use administrative tools with their Server Admin account or running commands using run as and their AD admin accounts.

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Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

This FAQ item may answer your question:

What logon interfaces can Duo protect?

Duo Authentication for Windows Logon provides two-factor authentication for RDP and local console logons, and credentialed UAC elevation prompts (e.g. Right-click + “Run as administrator”).

Duo’s Windows Logon client does not add a secondary authentication prompt to the following logon types:

  • Shift + right-click “Run as different user”
  • PowerShell “Enter-PsSession” or “Invoke-Command” cmdlets
  • Non-interactive logons (i.e. Log on as a Service, Log on as Batch, Scheduled Tasks, drive mappings, etc.)
  • Pre-Logon Access Providers (PLAPs) such as Windows Always On VPN
  • RDP Restricted Admin Mode

Enabling UAC elevation protection is a checkbox in the Duo installer, described in step 6 here:

So, if your admin uses have RSAT tools installed locally, and launch a tool like ADUC as an administrator (vs as a different user), there could be a Duo prompt on elevation.

Duo, not DUO.


Thanks for this information, it's exactly what we were looking for. 

I have a question:  We want to configure this on a large number of PCs.  Can the installation be configured to select specific check boxes shown above without touching each PC?  Something like a config file, with the options pre-specified that would be selected during the installation. Thanks in advance.

Yes you can do it with gpo. Here's the guide from duo with the resources needed to do it.

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