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Microsoft TS - Start Program on another session

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Hi!

Is it possible for me as an administrator to start for example "notepad.exe" inside another users terminal server session so that it shows on the users screen?

Cheers!

Marcus
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Thanks BlueYonder, but I think I was a bit unclear.

I want to start it from my own command prompt without having to log on or remote controlling the users session.

My bad!

Marcus
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Hi.

You can use psexec to start programs interactively in the console session, which users don't see or, having their credentials, in their own session. Without their creds (you don't have those, right?), you can only schedule tasks that are configured to run only if those people are logged on and use their session, not sure if that works. Try it.
What is the use case?
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Thank you very much for the idea about task schedule!

The task is to say - open TeamViewer automatically when the user needs help, or to run an inventory tool on the users account.

I have no straight idea about it - I am working with developement so this was sort of a first step to see if there was any idea of even trying :-)

I will test the task scheduler and get back to you!
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by:Venugopal N
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Try with psexec command.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-in/sysinternals/bb897553.aspx


To run something on a remote machine (with a user logged on):

psexec \\<ip address> -u <user> -p <password> -i 0 -d "<local path to executable>"

-i 0    runs on main screen

-d      don't wait for command to complete on remote machine
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by:MarcusSjogren
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cheers, will absolutely test it!

Thanks Venougopal N!
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by:McKnife
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Mind what I wrote about psexec. A TS is not used at session 0.
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Hi all,

I believe I have resolved the issue now!

Since I don't really care (for now at least) if the program runs as the target user I got it working by the below PsExec-command.

What I noticed was that without -e and with local administrator it started but did not show the notepad GUI. Adding -e and domain administrator resolved that issue.

-i = the users terminals service session ID
-d = don't wait for process to execute
-e = don't load executing users profile
-u = Username
-p = Password


C:\PSTools>PsExec.exe -i 12 -d -e -u "DOMAIN\administrator" -p "PASSWORD" "
C:\windows\notepad.exe"

PsExec v2.1 - Execute processes remotely
Copyright (C) 2001-2013 Mark Russinovich
Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com


C:\windows\notepad.exe started on TS1 with process ID 35608.
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by:MarcusSjogren
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I found that it is indeed possible to start a program on another users session when being the domain administrator and not loading the administrator user profile.
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