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Access the registry of the current user in windows

asked 2013-12-09 15:20:30 -0500

TwistedTech gravatar image

updated 2013-12-10 12:12:39 -0500

I have Windows 7 x64 machines that are running public facing applications under a limited user account. I would like to configure these machines using puppet but I have run into an issue. I need to configure the settings of specific user accounts but Puppet, by default, runs as the system account and does not have access to HKEY_Current_User. I can think of two workarounds for this:

  1. Run puppet as the current user. This would allow me to access all the current users settings but puppet would be a limited user and no longer have system level control.

  2. Write scripts ...

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answered 2013-12-13 14:23:50 -0500

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updated 2014-01-09 14:42:34 -0500

To solve this I wrote a custom fact that returns the sids of the local accounts. I can then use the sid to access the registry through HKEY_USERS.

Here is my custom fact:

Facter.add("user_sid") do
  setcode do
    sids = {}
    user_list=Facter::Util::Resolution.exec('wmic useraccount where LocalAccount="True" get name,sid /format:csv')
    user_list = user_list.split
    user_list.each do |userline|
      node, username, sid = userline.split(',')
      sids[username] = sid
    end
    sids
  end
end

Then to convert it back to a hash in the manifest use:

# Change the => to : so the hash looks like json
$user_sid = regsubst($user_sid, '=>', ':', 'G')
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