How To Launch Applications On Remote Systems… Like A Ninja

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Are you familiar with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)?

It’s a core component of the Windows operating system and a technology that enables you to manage your systems more effectively.

One way you can tap into its power is by using Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC).

Honestly, I ignored this tool for many years. But now I consider it one of the most powerful utilities that come pre-installed with Windows because you can run commands like this…

wmic /NODE:{COMPUTER} /FAILFAST:1000 PATH Win32_Process CALL Create ‘{PROGRAM} {ARGS}’

With this simple one liner you can run any program on a remote system with ease.

You only need to replace 3 variables, hit enter, and you’re done.

{COMPUTER} replace with the hostname of a computer.
{PROGRAM}    – replace with the full path to the application you want to run.
{ARGS}              – replacewith any application parameters.

So, if I had …

{COMPUTER}MyProblemPC
{PROGRAM}    – “c:\temp\gpevtdmp.exe”
{ARGS}    – “c:\logs”

My command line would be…

wmic /NODE:MyProblemPC /FAILFAST:1000 PATH Win32_Process CALL Create ‘“c:\temp\gpevtdmp.exe” “c:\logs”

And that’s really about it! No PsExec, scripting, or fancy stuff.

I need to point out 2 gotchas:

  • The binaries for the app must already exist, locally, on the remote workstation
  • The program must not require user intervention because it will run hidden in the background.

Click the link below to watch my video where I show this in action.

Watch Ninja Trick Video

-Kareem


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Written By Kareem Aaron

Kareem is the CEO @ Noraye. He has a love for business and a passion for
IT, having passed over 27 certification exams. You can reach him on LinkedIn.