Run VBScript Remotely

Posted on 2010-09-16
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I have a vbscript that I run on my computer. This script checks to see if another script resides on a server. If not it will copy the script to the server at C:\. Once the script is there it should initiate the script to run on the remote server. I do have admin rights on my computer and the server. I have verified that the script works while logged onto the server and ran locally. I am using windows XP and the servers are 2003 and 2008.

Everytime I run it I get the attached error message.

Error: Catastrophic failure
Code: 8000FFFF
Source: (null)

Has anyone been able to run a script on a remote computer?

Function RunRemoteScript(strVBScript, strComputer)
  Set objWshController = CreateObject("WshController")
  'Wscript.ConnectObject objWshController,"WshController_"
  strRunScript = "\\" & strComputer & "\C$\ApplyUpdates2.vbs"
  Set objRemoteScript = objWshController.CreateScript(strRunScript, strComputer)
  While objRemoteScript.Status <> 2
   WScript.Sleep 100
End Function

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Assisted Solution

Zach2001 earned 25 total points
ID: 33696826
I have ran scripts on remote machines, using PS tools:
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Expert Comment

ID: 33697408
Hi, another method (that I've admittedly never had success with), is to use the Create method of the Win32_Process class.

Note that to run VBScripts, you might need to include wscript.exe in the command, so I have included a commented out line that has that.  Try both.


Sub RunRemoteScript(strVBScript, strComputer)
	On Error Resume Next
	Set objProcess = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2:Win32_Process")
	intResult = objProcess.Create (strVBScript, Null, Null, lngProcessID)
	'intResult = objProcess.Create ("wscript.exe " & strVBScript, Null, Null, lngProcessID)
	If Err.Number <> 0 Then
		WScript.Echo "Error 0x" & Hex(Err.Number) & ": " & Err.Description
		WScript.Echo "Process created with ID of " & lngProcessID
	End If
	On Error GoTo 0
End Sub

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Author Comment

ID: 33700514
I was trying to stay away from pstools. I am going to run the script against a list servers. Pstools will popup a cmd screen for each one. The servers are listed in a text file.

I tried your suggestions with no success as well.

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Expert Comment

ID: 33700553
it's a bit dirty, but why not try the AT command ?

Expert Comment

ID: 33701938
Found this here:
After being modified to fit it should work.
strComputer = "."
strCommand = "notepad.exe"

Const INTERVAL = "n"
Const MINUTES = 1

Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set objScheduledJob = objWMIService.Get("Win32_ScheduledJob")
Set objSWbemDateTime = CreateObject("WbemScripting.SWbemDateTime")

objSWbemDateTime.SetVarDate(DateAdd(INTERVAL, MINUTES, Now()))
errReturn = objScheduledJob.Create(strCommand, objSWbemDateTime.Value, False, 0, 0, True, intJobID)

If errReturn = 0 Then
Wscript.Echo "notepad.exe was started with a process ID: " & intJobID
Wscript.Echo "notepad.exe could not be started due to error: " & errReturn
End If

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Author Comment

ID: 33704464
I tried the code you listed. It works great on my 2008 boxes. On the 2003 boxes I get permission errors. This is due to that the scheduled script is writing to a log on a remote share. Since the job is scheduled it must not maintain my credentials.

Author Comment

ID: 33704473
Sorry, I left out that the remote share is accessed through a unc path.
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Accepted Solution

RobSampson earned 100 total points
ID: 33706239
You can use PSExec without showing the command prompt for each server, if you process each server individually in the script (by looping through a text file of server names).  Try the code below if you're interested.

Set your username to run the program with, and it will prompt you for your password.


strComputers = "\\server\share\computers.txt"
strVBScript = "\\server\share\scriptname.vbs"
strPSExec = "\\server\shares\psexec.exe"
strUsername = "domain\username"
strPassword = InputBox("Enter the password for " & strUsername & ":")
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Const intForReading = 1
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set objComputers = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strComputers, intForReading, False)
While Not objComputers.AtEndOfStream
	strServer = objComputers.ReadLine
	If Ping(strServer) = True Then
		strCommand = "cmd /c " & objFSO.GetFile(strPSExec).ShortPath & " -accepteula -e -u " & strUsername & " -p " & strPassword & " \\" & strServer & " wscript.exe " & objFSO.GetFile(strVBScript).ShortPath
		intReturn = objShell.Run(strCommand, 0, True)
		If intReturn = 0 Then
			WScript.Echo "Script ran on " & strServer
			WScript.Echo "Script did not run on " & strServer
		End If
		WScript.Echo strServer & " is offline."
	End If

Function Ping(strComputer)
	Dim objShell, boolCode
	Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
	boolCode = objShell.Run("Ping -n 1 -w 300 " & strComputer, 0, True)
	If boolCode = 0 Then
		Ping = True
		Ping = False
	End If
End Function

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