run exe on different computer
davea at ieee.org
Sun Sep 13 13:17:26 CEST 2009
> Hi everybody,
> I'm building a small python program that run a service (exe file) on
> my servers.
> I don't want to use remote desktop and it's siblings.
> I would like to have some information on how to run an exe on a
> different computer and if there a way to check if that exe is still
On a question like this, you really need to supply much more information
on your constraints. You could start by saying these servers are
running Windows Server 2003. And that they're on a domain (rather than
a workgroup). And that you're trying to access them from another
machine within the same local domain, not over the internet. And that
your local machine is on the same domain, and has an account with admin
privileges for all the desired servers. And that you are allowed to do
a one-time install (of something) on each server prior to this
particular need. And that each server already has Python version 2.5
installed, and the IT department won't allow you to install any later
Then once you have an environment, you need to specify just what kind of
program you want to run on those servers. Is it an EXE program? Or is
it Python, with a particular script? Does it really need to be a
*service*, which has a particular set of constraints, and should be
installed, and started/stopped using the service manager. Do you want
this program to restart whenever the servers are restarted?
One solution that should work for nearly every Windows topology might be
to go to each server, run the scheduler task, and specify a new batch
file to be run upon boot. This batch file can check a specified
(shared) directory for a python script, and if found, run it. If not
found, sleep for 60 seconds or so, then repeat. Note that it's a good
idea to put a five minute delay at the very beginning, in case the
script needs to be deleted at the next boot. Sometimes a bug requires
surgery, and it's good to have enough time to do it.
Now, to control those servers from another machine, copy an appropriate
script into the prearranged directory. Within a minute, it'll be
running, and it can post whatever results it likes in another accessible
Whether this is a "safe" thing to do is a separate question. Generally
an IT department likes to have some control over just what programs run
on their servers, and for good reason.
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