PsTools is a suite of Windows command-line tools to manage and administer Windows Machine in respect to process management.

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How to use psexec without admin privileges on target machine?

Is it possible to use psexec to execute a command on a remote machine without having admin privileges on the remote machine? I tried running psexec \\<machine> -u <username> -p <...
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Capturing output of remote process from sysinternal's psexec

I'm trying to capture the output of the remote process from psexec (i.e. not psexec's own output). So, for example I could run "ipconfig" and print the output to a log file. I have tried: psexec \\...
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PSexec is not connecting to machine using supplied username and password

I'm trying to connect from a Win 7 machine to a Win2k8R2 machine using the command: psexec \MACHINE_NAME_HERE -u MACHINE_NAME_HERE\Administrator -p PASSWORD_HERE notepad When I try this I get the ...
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psexec: “Access is Denied”?

Inspired by my previous question here, I've been experimenting with PSExec. The goal is to trip off some fairly simple scripts / programs on one WindowsXP machine from another, and as PowerShell 2 ...
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How can I restart a windows service remotely using a script?

I have a Python web application running in a CherryPy server, which is running as a windows service. I have a batch file to deploy this application, but I'm still having to remote desktop in to the ...
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How to use psexec to start installation or other task that requires UAC interaction?

I'm trying to remotely start installations and I'd like not to disable UAC. If I start the processes remotely using psexec, the installer will just get stalled waiting for the UAC prompt. Other tasks ...
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PSTools psexec and PCI

I am just wondering if anyone knows of any reason why using psexec would cause the failure of a PCI DSS audit. I have never been able to find information, though have always been told that it can't ...
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How to execute bat file remotely using Psexec from team city inside the powershell command

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 ...
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Why does PsExec hang after successfully running a powershell script?

The script is fairly straight forward. Simply tries to start a bunch of windows services. Execution locally works fine when on the target machine. The script is actually executing fine as well when ...
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psexec Windows Server 2008 Firewall

I am trying to use psexec to run a program on my windows server 2008 boxes. It returns with the message "Can't access myserver: The network path was not found." If I turn off Windows Server ...
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psexec Couldn't access \\IP/computername The system cannot find the path specified

Tried psexec \\ip.add.re.ss -accepteula -u local_admin -p cmd.exe psexec \\computername -accepteula -u local_admin -p cmd.exe psexec \\computername.fdqn -accepteula -u local_admin -p cmd.exe where ...
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PsExec and Windows 2008 R2: 'Access is Denied'

Here's my scenario: I'm attempting to remotely start & stop IIS 7.0 sites on my server from my local machine, using PsExec. Some important points: Local machine runs Windows Vista. Server runs ...
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Why does my PowerShell script hang when called in PSEXEC via a batch (.cmd) file?

I'm trying to remotely execute a PowerShell script using PSEXEC. The PowerShell script is called via a .cmd batch file. The reason we do this is to change the execution policy, run the powershell ...
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start exe in a Remote Session with PsExec

I would like to start an application remotely. I am using the following PsExec command: PsExec \\computerOne -u Domain\User1 -p 123456 -x "C:\Windows\System32\calc.exe" I tried to use -i so that ...
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How to Run multiple command remotely using PSEXEC?

I am try to use multiple command with psexec tools but i am only remotely entered in that computer but it won't be perform another command psexec -i \\192.168.30.135 -u username -p password cmd &...
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How to restore IE8 Default settings on Windows XP from a remote machine

Here is my goal. This will be run on one Windows XP machine only, for trouble shooting purposes. We need to be able to remotely execute. psexec \\computername -d -e -u domain\administrator -p ...
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How a batch file runs on a remote machine started by PSEXEC

I am having an issue running a Batch file on a remote machine suing PSEXEC. The file runs but does not run like it does when run through remote desktop. The batch runs a file which is a 32 bit ...
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How do I launch a command on a remote computer with an invalid domain trust? (using local creds)

I intend to use WMIC to reset the trust of a machine that is remote, and off the network. All of the following variations result in an "access denied": The following works fine: net use \\patterson-...
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PsExec Alternative

Is there any alternative utility to replace PsExec? If I mostly use batch script for automation work. Due to instability of psexec, like hanging/ not responding, I may need another solution. Can the ...
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Use winexe to start a Windows process

When I'm on Windows I use PsExec to start processes on other Windows machines. I now have the case that I want to do that from a Linux machine. Fortunately there is winexe, a small program which ...
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How to Block psexec?

I wondered whether anybody knew how to prevent other systems from using psexec to run services on my machine, assuming running the windows firewall is not an option? In addition, I have read that a ...
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Why does PSEXEC work if I don't specify a password?

When I run SysInternals PSEXEC to launch a process on a remote machine, if I specify the password in the command line it fails with: PsExec could not start cmd.exe on web1928: Logon failure: unknown ...
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Execute command on remote computer and show UI to logged on user

since I could not find any proper solution online, I'll ask here. I have a bunch of computers where I want to execute a program and show the programs GUI to the currently logged in user. Afaik this ...
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PsExec will not work due to File and Print Sharing disabled in firewall

We run in a Citrix/Wyse Terminal environment (200+ terminals) All users Wyse terminals are not connected to a Domain and users log in with a local user account with no password (there is another ...
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Interactive mode of PSExec not working for console application

I am trying to use PSExec to kick off a console application on a remote computer in an interactive state. When I run something like this: PsExec.exe -s -d -i 1 \\MyServer notepad.exe It launches ...
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How can I troubleshoot simple psExec problems?

Over the past couple of weeks I have been scouring the internet to figure out a problem I have been having of simply getting "calculator" to open on a remote computer using psExec. Eventually I asked ...
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Pop up a message or run a program on remote windows 7 computer so currently logged on user can see it

How can you pop up a message or run a program on remote computer so the currently logged on user can see it. We have done this on WinXP, but these don't work with Win7. at.exe \\computername time /...
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PsExec and Remote Environment Variables, Logging, Etc

When I run PsExec on a remote computer, I always fall short of what I want. What I would like ideally in most situations is a) a log on an admin server where each individual log has the name of each ...
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Remote installing programs by scripts or batch files

Firstly, I can't use Group Policy as our team doesn't manage that. The company is a massive FTSE company with a team for every aspect of IT you can think of. Our team needs a way of installing ...
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PsExec will copy the .exe but won't let me pass arguments to it

This command copies the program test.exe to the remote system and executes it interactively: psexec \\marklap -c test.exe However I need to pass some arguments to the text.exe program. This doesn'...
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Psexec: “unknown user name or bad password” in workgroup

I have 2 machines with Windows XP SP2 Professional on the same workgroup; I can ping each of them from the other one; My psexec command(run from machine with ip: 192.168.0.3): psexec \\192.168.0.4 -...
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Is there a way to run PsExec specifying a user name and password (-u -p) when running as Local System?

I have a Windows Service running as Local System on Windows Server 2003 and I'm trying to use PsExec to run a command as another user (using the -u -p parameters) but I keep getting Access is denied. ...
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Passing CMD via PSEXEC to a remote computer via .BAT file

Using PSEXEC to call CMD for a DEL command on a remote computer through a batch script. PSEXEC \\hostname -u username -p password CMD /C DEL /Q /F C:\Folder\File.txt The script pauses with a new ...
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Why is psExec hanging indefinitely and giving no error?

I'm simply attempting to open calculator on a remote machine in order to test the connection before I write a bigger script. I'm no pro with psexec yet, but I have never seen before what is happening ...
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Imposible to login with psexec

I'm using psexec and I cannot execute a simple cmd into a machine. The same response it's always the same "incorrect username or incorrect password" (also returning error code 6). This is the command ...
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PsExec hangs. Error launching installer

On certain remote computers when I use PsExec to run installers (.exe files), PsExec just hangs there. When I try running the installer, that PsExec transferred, directly from the remote computer (...
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How to install MS hotfixes for XP on remote machines?

How might I install a hotfix obtained from Microsoft to machines on the network? The hotfix in question comes packaged as an .exe file. I tried using psexec but the process never completes...I ...
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Exception when running PSExec on remote computer

Running this command $processesToSpawn = 3 for($i= 1; $i -le $processesToSpawn; $i++){ psexec \\computername -i 2 -u "username" -p "password" "c:\myapp.exe" } Produces the ...
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Provide Administrator credentials within script

I am writing a script that runs from a user account. The script needs to execute another script as the Administrator account. Tried AutoIt's RunAs - didn't work. Tried PsExec - the same. Tried CMD'...
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PsExec hangs intermittently when calling AppCmd

We have an automated deployment process which is primarily managed by a batch file. One of the first steps in that process is to stop an IIS AppPool so the updated files can be safely copied. To do ...
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What is “php exited with error code 1”?

I'm running a php script through the webserver to execute psexec which in turns executes another php script. When I run this from the command line normally, everything works fine and there are no ...
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Does psexec support input redirection?

I am trying to control a remote Python script, which reads commands from stdin, via psexec 1.98, but I need to redirect psexec's input since psexec itself will be launched from another program. ...
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Remotely start VNC server on computer with no Admin password

I'm trying to remotely access a particular computer of mine and it seems that VNC has stopped. I can tell that the computer is still running because I can VNC into another machine on the same network ...
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Send a batch file to a Windows machine, and execute it

I know PsExec is perfect for sending files over a computer on a network and then execute it on that remote computer, however I can't use PsExec because I'm developing a piece of software and I can't ...
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Running psexec against Window 7?

I can't seem to get psexec commands to work on Windows 7 Enterprise. I'm trying to execute a command like this: psexec.exe \\172.16.165.157 -u jc -p testing123 -c -f -i cmd.exe But, I keep getting ...
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Work Around to use Psexec on Windows Server 2003 64-bit

local OS: Windows Server 2003 remote OS: Windows Server 2003 64-bit I have a management server (32-bit) which has many scheduled batch scripts running on. One of the script is to use psexec to launch ...
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PsExec - what if the .exe you run remotely requires user interaction?

I use PsExec to deploy small .exe files to my workstations. Sometimes the .exe, for some reason, is incompatible with the system and opens a popup window with an error or some other message. Is there ...
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PsExec and xCmd

I've recently come into a bit of confusion regarding PsExec and xCmd. It would be great if someone here could help clear this up, preferably with some form of external reference to given for ...
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How to send a pipe with psexec?

I'm trying to execute a pipe on a remote server by using psexec. The command that I'm trying to execute is psexec \\servername DSQUERY USER -name *userpart* | DSGET USER -samid -display Currently, ...
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PsExec Couldn't access Windows cannot find the network path

Using PsExec v1.96 and given the below command: psexec -u ADMIN_USER_NAME -p ADMIN_PWD I get the below error: Couldn't access Windows cannot find the network path. Verify that the ...