Start powerpoint pps on remote pc using vb script

Posted on 2009-05-11
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
I need some help from you experts. The thing I am trying to to is to start a powerpoint presentation that is visible on a remote pc. I have come so far that when I run the script, the process starts on the remote pc, but I want it to be visible in fullscreen on the remote pc screen.

I have been playing around with the code so there are a bunch of lines that most likely aren't necessary. I'm not very good at coding so if you can help me out it would be very much appreciated
Dim objFSO, objFileCopy, objGuyFile
Dim strFilePath, strDestination 
strComputer = "sexpw193"
strUser = "remotepc\username"
strPassword = "password"
strProcessKill = "'POWERPNT.EXE'"
strFilePath = "d:\H\PowerPoint\presentation.pps"
strDestination ="\\remotepc\PPT$\"
  'Kill powerpoint show
    Set wbemLocator = CreateObject("WbemScripting.SWbemLocator")
    Set wbemServices = wbemLocator.ConnectServer(strComputer, "root\cimv2", strUser, strPassword)
    Set wbemObjectSet = wbemServices.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_Process where Name = " & strProcessKill)
    For Each wbemObject In wbemObjectSet
	'code to copy ppt to dest
	Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
	Set objFileCopy = objFSO.GetFile(strFilePath)
	objFileCopy.Copy (strDestination)
  'Restart show
	'Set objProcess = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2:Win32_Process")
	'strCommand = "wscript " & Chr(34) & "D:\PPT\pp.vbs" & Chr(34)
	'objProcess.Create strCommand,null,null,intProcessID
	Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2:Win32_Process") 
Error = objWMIService.Create("d:\PPT\pp.vbs", null, null,intProcessID) 
If Error = 0 Then 
MsgBox (strProcess & " was started with a process ID of " & intProcessID & ".") 
MsgBox (strProcess & " could not be started due to error " & _ 
errReturn & ".") 
End If
REM Dim objWMIService, objProcess
REM Dim strShell, objProgram, strVBS
REM strVBS = "wscript.exe d:\PPT\pp.vbs"
REM ' Connect to WMI
REM set objWMIService = getobject("winmgmts://"_
REM & strComputer & "/root/cimv2") 
REM ' Obtain the Win32_Process class of object.
REM Set objProcess = objWMIService.Get("Win32_Process")
REM Set objProgram = objProcess.Methods_( _
REM "Create").InParameters.SpawnInstance_
REM objProgram.CommandLine = strVBS
REM 'Execute the program now at the command line.
REM Set strShell = objWMIService.ExecMethod( _
REM "Win32_Process", "Create", objProgram) 
REM WScript.echo "Created: " & strVBS & " on " & strComputer

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Expert Comment

ID: 24356856
Hi itnordic,

Unfortunately you can't use objProcess.Create method to launch remote processes Interactively according to Microsoft, and this is their quote :
"For security reasons the Win32_Process.Create method cannot be used to start an interactive process remotely."

Full explanation of this method you can find here:

I would suggest you use PSExec.exe tool from Mark Russinovich, who now works for Microsoft. This tool WILL allow you to launch any process interactively on any remote PC as long as you have rights on that remote PC. This tool is extremely versatile and is one of those "MUST HAVE" Admin tools in my oppinion.

You can find PSExec.exe tool here:

Hope this helps you solve your problem.

Author Comment

ID: 24361366
Hiya, and thanks for your reply.

Too bad I couldn't use my first idea :-) The thing is that I really want to start a slide show on my remote pc, and it uses powerpoint to show it.

I tried getting around the problem using PSEXEC, but since it want to start the slide slow I used autoit to create an exe that, when I run it locally, starts the slide show. But when I try to start it remotely it isn't visible. Process is started when I check the task manager.

Is there no way to script my way around this?  

Accepted Solution

Hubasan earned 500 total points
ID: 24361459
Well, you should be able to launch anything remotely with PSExec with an -i switch which means interactively. just do "psexec \\computername -i yourprogram.exe"
if you go to command prompt and browse to the folder where you saved PSExec you can read all the help on PSExec if you type "PSexec" and just hit enter.
That gives you all the explanations of what it can do.

Hope this helps.

Author Comment

ID: 24361625
Works like a charm now.
I found the problem. When I created the exe with autoit I put in the wrong sourcefolder for the vb script and that was why the file couldn't be found when I started the script.  


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