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I have a powershell command which runs in TeamCity. When I try to run a batch file remotely using psexec from this .ps file, I see once the remote execution started, nothing happens. I tried several ways discussed in multiple forums but of no use.

Invoke-Command -ScriptBlock {C:\PSInstall.bat}


C:\Tools\psexec.exe -i -d "\\server2" -u "domain\admin" -p "abcd" -f -w cmd "C:\Install.bat"

My Build log:

[11:32:02]C:\BuildAgent\work\603cfc01a3fe22bb\Tools>C:\Tools\psexec.exe -i -d "\\server2" -u "domain\admin" -p "abcd" -f -w cmd "C:\Install.bat" 
[11:32:02]PsExec v1.98 - Execute processes remotely
[11:32:02]Copyright (C) 2001-2010 Mark Russinovich
[11:32:02]PsExec executes a program on a remote system, where remotely executed console
[11:32:02]Sysinternals -
[11:32:02]applications execute interactively.

I am stuck at this point with no clue what's happening, any help is highly appreciated. I have set EULA already on the remote machine.

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If you run the commands directly from powershell (forgetting TeamCity for now), what happens? Does it work ok? – Chris Feb 11 '13 at 23:47
I have the same problem, and it works directly from Powershell. Must be some permissions issue? – stuartdotnet Jan 19 '15 at 23:37

The PsExec command/arguments you have given in your example are malformed, instead try:

C:\Tools\PsExec.exe \\server2 -u "domain\admin" -p "abcd" "C:\Install.bat" -i -d -f -w

Also, putting it all together with an example adapted from something I've written earlier. PSExecRetry.log will contain the output of PsExec (including errors), although won't capture the StdOut/StdErr output of the subsequent command as-is.

PSExecRetry.ps1 is the PowerShell script with some basic retry logic:


$LogFile = "PSExecRetry.log"
$defaultSleepSecs = 3
$RetryCount = 3
$StopLoop = $false
$retries = 1

try {
    # open the log file
    Start-Transcript -path $LogFile -append
    do {
            $Command = "C:\PSInstall.bat"
            Write-Host "Executing command" $Command ".`r"
            Invoke-Expression -Command $Command

            if ($LastExitcode -ne 0)
                throw "Retry {0} of {1}" -f $retries, $RetryCount
                $StopLoop = $true
            if ($retries -gt $RetryCount)
                Write-Host("Exception.Message={0}; InvocationInfo.ScriptName={1}" -f $_.Exception.Message, $_.InvocationInfo.ScriptName)
                Write-Host("Giving up after {0} retries.`r" -f $RetryCount)
                $StopLoop = $true
                Write-Host("Exception.Message={0}; InvocationInfo.ScriptName={1}" -f $_.Exception.Message, $_.InvocationInfo.ScriptName)
                Write-Host("Exception, retrying in {0} seconds.`r" -f $defaultSleepSecs)
                Start-Sleep -Seconds $defaultSleepSecs
                $retries = $retries + 1        
    } While ($StopLoop -eq $false)
    Write-Host("Exception.Message={0}; InvocationInfo.ScriptName={1}" -f $_.Exception.Message, $_.InvocationInfo.ScriptName)

PSInstall.cmd is modified as follows:


C:\PsExec.exe \\server2 -u "domain\admin" -p "abcd" "C:\Install.bat" -i -d -f -w

Install.bat stub:


echo Hello world!
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