Changing Remote Registry

MRAB python at mrabarnett.plus.com
Fri Aug 7 16:46:56 CEST 2009


Kevin Holleran wrote:
> 
> On Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 10:11 AM, MRAB <python at mrabarnett.plus.com 
> <mailto:python at mrabarnett.plus.com>> wrote:
> 
>     Kevin Holleran wrote:
> 
>         Good morning,
> 
>         I fear the answer to this is that I just cannot do this....
> 
>         I wrote a python script that goes out to a bunch of remote
>         machines and queries the registry for some values.  Effectively,
>         there have been some software upgrades that have been done as
>         the need arose but we need to do them across the organization
>         now.  There are three, and the script checks all three and
>         returns the values.  One of these just needs to be a registry
>         change as it is a client server application that the server was
>         upgraded and the clients need a change to a registry value to work.
> 
>         Long story short, I am using _winreg to do this.
> 
>         hKey = _winreg.OpenKey (keyPath, path, 0, _winreg.KEY_SET_VALUE)
>         value,type = _winreg.QueryValueEx(hKey, item)
>         if (value == wrongValue):
>               _winreg.SetValue(hKey,'',_winreg.REG_SZ,correctValue)
>            
Hmm. If you're querying with (hKey, item), shouldn't you also be setting
with (hKey, item), not (hKey,'')?

>         When I do this I receive the error:
> 
>         _winreg.SetValue WindowsError: [Error 5] Access Denied
> 
> 
>         I am running this from my machine as a domain admin, connecting
>         to the remote machine which is also on the domain.
>         I am connecting to the remote registry with:
> 
>         keyPath = _winreg.ConnectRegistry(r"\\" +
>         ipAddress,_winreg.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE)
> 
> 
>         Thanks for any help.
> 
>     What is 'ipAddress'? Is it an actual IP address? The documentation says
>     it should be the computer name.
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> 
> 
> Thanks for the response.  From my experience that does not matter.  It 
> is an actual IP address.  I can connect to the registry fine, its just 
> the writing.  I read that value and other values.  It errors on the 
> _winreg.KEY_SET_VALUE.  I am wondering if Windows just will not let the 
> registry be changed remotely in this way or if there is something else I 
> have to do.
> 



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