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Last week I developed a script that would check if psremoting was enabled on specified machines. This week I began working on a script that would enable psremoting on specified machines but I can't get psexec to run in powershell (Also, yes I know psremoting can be enabled through group policy). Here is my script:

$input = Read-Host @"
Select Option
(1)Manually enter computer(s)
(2)Retrieve computer(s) from file


If ($input -eq 1){
    $count = Read-Host "How many computers"
    $Computers = 1..$count
    $b=0;$c=1; ForEach ($Computer in $Computers) {$Computers[$b] = Read-Host "Computer" $c; $b++; $c++}
} ElseIF ($input-eq 2) {
    $Computers = Read-Host "File" 
    $Computers = Get-Content $Computers
} Else {
    write-host "Invalid Option"

$User = Read-Host "Enter username"
$Pass = Read-Host "Enter password"

$PSExec = "C:\Windows\System32\PSExec\PSExec.exe"

ForEach ($Computer in $Computers){

# & $PSExec \\$Computer -u $User -p $Pass -h -c "C:\Temp\mybat.bat"
& $PSExec \\$Computer -u $User -p $Pass "ipconfig"


I get the following error when executing script:

PSExec.exe : At C:\MyStuff\EnablePSRemoting.ps1:34 char:1 + & $PSExec $Computer -u $User -p $Pass "ipconfig" + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:String) [], RemoteException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NativeCommandError

PsExec v2.11 - Execute processes remotely Copyright (C) 2001-2014 Mark Russinovich Sysinternals - The system cannot find the file specified.

I then attempted to simply run PSExec from powershell directly, still no luck.

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You should be using Invoke-Command and not PSExec – Colyn1337 Aug 11 '15 at 15:00
Invoke-Command requires remoting to be enabled, I believe, and if the script is to check if PS remoting is enabled, it's not exactly possible to use Invoke-Command, is it? – Davidw Aug 11 '15 at 15:02
It requires winrm..... which is configured by group policy. – Colyn1337 Aug 11 '15 at 15:03
@Colyn1337 I'm with david how can I use invoke-command on a remote machine with psremoting disabled? I'm trying to copy a batch file that will enable psremoting on the specified remote machines. – user2278281 Aug 11 '15 at 15:10
@Colyn1337 I just tried invoke-command {psexec \\Server1 -u Domain\Admin -p Pa$$w0rd ipconfig} still nothing – user2278281 Aug 11 '15 at 15:16
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Start-Process -Filepath "$PSExec" -ArgumentList "\\$computer -u $user -p $pass $command"does exactly what I need it to do.

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In the script, you need the double backslash before the computername:
& \\$PSExec $Computer -u $User -p $Pass "ipconfig"

In the list of attempts directly in PowerShell, if that's the actual password, then the double dollar sign was interpreted as the last token of the last command.

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Double backslash is before computer name in actual script. Updated post to reflect this. Also, 'Pa$$w0rd' is not the password – user2278281 Aug 12 '15 at 14:46

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