RPC and IDL: Example on how to use the MS-RSP protocol ?

Hi friends, I have some tricky one for you ...

For some application (no hacking ... you have my word on it) I need an example on how to use the MS-RSP protol, which is described in this Microsoft tech spec PDF file.

Since I want to address either Windows based as *IX based machines, I need to call the "InitShutdown" interface. Host for the application would be a Windows based machine, I would prefer some .NET code but would accept some C++ code for a building a DLL, too.

The pdf file contains the necessary IDL files, but I've no been able to even create an executable from that, not to mention a functional application.

Any hint / link / sourcecode ?

Thanks in advance for your numerous answers ... ;-)
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frankhelkAsked:
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dew_associatesCommented:
frankhelkAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that tip, but unfortunately that one is part of the document I've already referred in my question - I've read that (it describes the function call itself) and I'm stuck in building the surroundings needed to use that interface within a .NET solution (building the connection, authentication with the server, etc.).

I ended up with the compiler whining about various things like data type mismatches etc, and in every attempt to solve these things three more culprits seem to hide. I never got code that compiled completely, not to speak from something functional.

So what I need is a somewhat more elaborate thing like a working example class method or CLI program that does all that - just enough to give me a line to follow. Any .NET language or C/C++ would do ...
dew_associatesCommented:
It can't be done that way. You're looking for something computer specific and what you're trying to do needs to be developed on the server you intend to restart remotely. There is no one size fits all. If there were hackers would be all over it - and you can be sure I won't be writing it.
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frankhelkAuthor Commented:
Hmmm - as far as I understand that MS document, the interface is native built into Windows up to even Win10 as a core functionality, and as far as I understand some other doc's, at least the InitShutdown interface is implemented into the samba server part of most Unix like OS.

The use of RPC is possible if not blocked by firewalls, and if correct credentials are presented, the interface could be used to reboot remote servers.

From that view I'd suppose that the server part is already done, and only the calling part needs to be implemented.

And about the hackers ... that protocol documentation is around since 2007, and I bet the interface is present in every Windows flavour newer than 3.x. If it would expose a weak spot, it would have been widely used years ago ...

And to be honest - I don't want to crack that interface. I want to build a regular application that presents regular credentials to some other systems to shut them down graceful and orderly in case of a well defined emergency. There are reasons for not to install an own service on the targets, so I'll try to achieve that by Windows/Linux on-board means ... and so I came to MS-RSP, which seems to be designed especially for that and be present in both Windows and Linux.
dew_associatesCommented:
The files necessary to initiate a variety of RPC's are native to the Windows operating systems, including those necessary for the RPC you would like to us. What you are looking for is someone to write the call for you so that you can implement it. If you have done this and your RPC is not working, then post the errors. I will not, however, write the protocol for you.

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frankhelkAuthor Commented:
OK - thanks anyhow. It you've pointed me a bit forward ...

If I get stuck again, I'll ask a new question with the necessary scope then.
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