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Attempting to use PowerShell's Get_Process on a remote computer

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Hi,

I am trying to use Get-process on a remoter computer.
Here is what I use:
get-process -computerName 01212A-PC | where-object {$_.WorkingSet -gt 20000}

I get the following error:

Get-Process : couldn't connecto to a remote machine.
At Line:1 char:12
get-process <<<< -computerName 01212A-PC | where-object {$_.WorkingSet -gt 20000}
CategoryInfo  : NotSpecified: <:> [Get-Process],[InvalidoperationException
FullyQualified ErrorID : System.InvalidOperationException,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetProcessComand


Please take into account that I am a novice in all this.

Thank you
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by:Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz
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Couple things could cause error:
- Remote powershell not enabled on destination computer (enable running enable-psremoting)
- User has not administrative permissions on remote computer (you can specify a user to run on remote computer with -credential
- Firewall blocks remote powershell (check remote firewall or disable to do a test)
- DNS or other network fault.
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by:footech
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I agree with all the above reasons except the first.  PowerShell Remoting has no connection to this problem - it uses the WSMan protocol, while the remoting for the Get-Process command uses DCOM.  In that vain, the 3rd reason should be clarified as the firewall should allow DCOM traffic.
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by:Rob G
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Why don't you just use tasklist from a command prompt?
You could Batch script this together in about 30 seconds if you just need the process information off of a remote PC.

Or use PSTools and grab the info that way?
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by:adamtrask
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Rob G

Would you give me an example to show me how to use tasklist to get the above information ?

Thank you
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Start a Command prompt as Administrator..

tasklist /SVC /

TASKLIST /S system /U domain\username /P Password /SVC >C:\TasklistFromThatComputer.txt


English:
Tasklist is taskmanager but will provide further details including what is listed under service hosts, by using the /svc switch..

/S = System or the computer or IP address of a computer remotely to pull the data back from.
/U = Domain\Username
/P = Password, you are going to want to use either the domain admin account, or use an account that has domain admin access.. It helps to do this, as otherwise you may get errors that state you don't have access.
 >C:\TasklistFromThatComputer.txt = writes the information to that file.




If you already have domain admin access you can just use.. .
Tasklist /S System Name /svc >c:\PCNAMEoutput.txt

Output will give you this:

Running image name                                             PID Number                    Service associated


Assuming you are doing this for troubleshooting..
You can follow this up with taskkill commands to kill processes based on PID number..
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by:adamtrask
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Thank you.... this is very useful. Any suggestion for further reading on this?
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Thank you
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by:Rob G
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Adam,
Really depends on what you need.. feel free to reach out direct if you need something else.. or more info on commands.. Been doing Administration since DOS 6.22 so, it just comes with time i guess..
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