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Debugging ReturnValue = 8

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Hi,

I'm trying to use WMI to execute a command on a computer and it is giving me the following:


C:\temp>wmic /node:192.168.4.44 /user:capcom\ryu /password:haduken
process call create "release.exe /c [command]"
Executing (Win32_Process)->Create()
Method execution successful.
Out Parameters:
instance of __PARAMETERS
{
        ReturnValue = 8;
};


C:\temp>

I've done this a million times and never got an 8 value message. Any ideas on what the issue could be and how to fix it?


Thanks!
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Isn't that value defined as valid return code of the command you call?
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I looked it up and the definition is "One of the parameters to the call is not correct" so it is an error...just not sure what that means... I think the usuall is either 0 or 1... it is not working.
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Is that the error message for "release.exe"? I cannot identify that particular EXE. And it is definitely the EXE itself returning 8.
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No, it isn't. I 've tried with various .exe files including notepad.exe and I get the same result
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Return code 8 for Win32_Process.Create is "Unknown failure" (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa389388(v=vs.85).aspx ). Very informative, indeed.

But http://blogs.msdn.com/b/alejacma/archive/2008/04/09/win32-process-create-fails-if-user-profile-is-not-loaded.aspx tells us more about a possible culprit: The user account used in the WMI call needs to have special privileges to allow for loading the user's registry hive, which are the Backup and Restore files and directories privs.
Or you make sure the user profile is active - for testing, you can perform a login with that user on the target machine, and then run wmic. It should work by then if loading the hive is the culprit.
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Hmmm...I have the user set to administrator on that machine. And like I said...It worked before...Just stopped working...
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Recheck the privs. You would expect they are there, but since something changed, you cannot be certain.
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Yup, still in as an admin on that PC.
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I guess I'm all alone on this one...
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Forget It... I broke down and went to Visual Studio and built a solution from scratch...wmic sucks!
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