The PSExec utility by Winternals Software

This week we discuss a very handy freeware utility called PSExec. This

utility was written by Mark Russinovich ( owner of

Winternals Software ( and can be downloaded

free at:

I recently stumbled across this amazing utility during our war against

the MSBlast virus outbreak that took place last week. We needed to

deploy the patch for the virus to over 100 servers, and needed a way to

do this that was quicker than using Terminal Services, SMS Remote

Control, or PC Anywhere.

By simply typing a basic command, we were able to install the patch and

then manually reboot the server using the 'shutdown.exe' resource kit

utility by using the command:


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