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February 13, 2024

Microsoft Confirms Sudo Availability on Windows 11 Consumer Editions, Not Server 2025

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Microsoft unexpectedly unveiled Sudo for Windows 11 in Build 26047, inclusive of Windows Server Insider Preview builds. Sudo wasn’t originally designed to be a part of Windows Server versions. The company has discreetly revised the official blog post to notify that the up and coming Insider builds of Windows Server will exclude the option in the Settings app.

Therefore, Windows Server users will not have the advantage of using Sudo to initiate commands with heightened permissions. However, they still have the option to initiate a CMD or PowerShell window with administrative rights, though this might compel them to shift from the initial CMD or PowerShell window.

The absence of Sudo from Windows Server versions is disappointing news for administrators who may have utilized it to achieve more without consistently opening an elevated terminal window. Yet, on the other hand, Sudo in Windows Server could be exploited by attackers to acquire system access.

While discussing with Windows Latest, Microsoft further affirmed Sudo will continue to be exclusive to consumer versions of Windows 11, including Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Edu.

Sudo delivers three modes on Windows 11. It is adjustable to initiate a fresh window each instance a command is performed, deactivate the user input during the time a command is running, or employ sudo in line.

With the first option, Sudo executes the command and promptly shuts the new window upon successful execution of the command.

There is a requirement for permission approval by opting the Yes choice in the User Account Control prompt window. Without completing this phase, Sudo is not capable of running the command.

Windows 11 Build 26052 available on both the Canary and Dev channels, incorporates the Sudo feature in the For Developer settings segment. After the upgrade to this build, it isn’t activated as a default, so accessing the Settings application to enable this feature is necessary. A caution about the utilization of Sudo and its security implications will be displayed when turning it on.

If you attempt to use Sudo without first enabling it, the Terminal app will guide you to the Settings app section, whereby you can activate this characteristic. Despite this, Sudo is unable to execute programs as different users, a task that the current runas command can achieve.

Microsoft has communicated that in the future, Sudo may have the capacity to operate commands as various users. While Sudo is not incorporated into Windows 10, Microsoft has not dismissed its potential inclusion. As such, Sudo is primarily attractive to Power users who favour utilising the terminal.

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