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executing batch files remotely with psexec …

if you’ve got a batch file of some sort (bat or cmd) sitting out somewhere that you want to execute remotely, you’ll want to make sure you’re following the right syntax to get this to work.

here are some examples that DO NOT work:

psexec \\myDesktop \\myServer\myShare\test.cmd


PsExec could not start \\myServer\myShare\test.cmd on myDesktop:
Access is denied.


by default, psexec runs the context in localsystem.  since the system most likely doesn’t have access to the share, let’s give psexec some credentials which has access to the share:

psexec \\myDesktop -u myUser -p myPassword \\myServer\myShare\test.cmd


PsExec could not start \\myServer\myShare\test.cmd on myDesktop:
Access is denied.


ah, this isn’t going to work either, but we’re getting closer.  the access denied message throws me off a little since i know the password is right.  it seems the problem is that psexec will not execute the .cmd or .bat file without knowing the context in which to execute… so we give it one.  cmd.exe.

psexec \\myDesktop -u myUser -p myPassword cmd /c \\myServer\myShare\test.cmd


C:\WINDOWS\system32>mkdir c:\testme
cmd exited on myDesktop with error code 0.


now there we go… :)


  1. I (re)discovered the joys of psexec the other day - I had to configure plink (from putty) to run as a service account and you can't edit the service registry as a normal user. PsExec's '-s -i' options allow you to run a normal program as the service user interactively :-)

  2. I really needed this information; thanks for posting.

  3. Is it true always, (as a matter of extending teh full requirements for psexec to work) that the default admin share c$ must be in place on the remote server for psexec?

  4. i believe it's required that the admin$ be available since psexec does an installation of a service and most likely requires access to land files. i haven't tested it outside of those parameters though.

  5. nice work...

  6. How do I run the psexec with bat file along with parameter
    Something like :
    Call psexec \\%sv% -accepteula -d -s C:\windows\temp\Web\WebSCCM.cmd %sv% > \\%sv%\admin$\temp\web\log.txt

    1. i love waking up to a challenge but need more to go on.

      can you clarify what this is supposed to do?

      from what i can see, it runs a .cmd file that sits on the remote server. the file appears local to the server.

      also, what is the behavior you're getting?

  7. C:\>psexec \\ -u testadmin -p testadmin cmd /c \\\Setup\test.bat

    testadmin has got admin rights.

    I am executing the above command and I am still getting
    Couldn't access
    Access is denied.

    Kindly help me

    1. either you're passing the wrong credentials, wrong domain context, or the path you supplied is inaccessible. just a guess.

    2. Thanks for your reply ..
      But,I am able to ping to and even able to map the share folder to a network drive ..

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