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I would like to call a cmd (let's call it x.cmd) on a remote server. The x.cmd will return a log file in a log folder. Problem is this log folder in x.cmd doesn't have an absolute path (just a relative path like log\ ) so if I do

wmic /node:server process call create "serverpath\x.cmd"

it will process x.cmd but save the log file into system32 or somewhere I assume. If I add cd /d %~dp0 into x.cmd then it works fine. Unfortunately I am not allowed to touch x.cmd. Just wondering is there any other way to call the x.cmd without modifying it and also the correct output. Thanks.


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If you have the path to x.cmd, why can't you use the server path and the relative path to the log folder to get what you want ? – leo21 May 24 '13 at 6:10
Yes I can,the problem I have now is nothing will be in that log folder as log folder path in x.cmd is not absolute. this is the previous question I asked.… – user2381130 May 24 '13 at 6:22
If it is not absolute, then I am assuming it changes on every run. Is the path provided by the user when executing the x.cmd – leo21 May 24 '13 at 6:28
so if I run it locally on that server it is fine, but cannot call it remotely. path is in x.cmd and given by the client so I am not allowed to touch it. – user2381130 May 24 '13 at 6:33
are you allowed to create a .bat file on the remote machine (and then delete it) only to get the absolute path? – npocmaka May 24 '13 at 6:56
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the second parameter that wmic process accepts is the directory.You can try this:

wmic /node:server process call create "serverpath\x.cmd" , "c:\path\to\x.cmd"


wmic /node:server process call create CommandLine="serverpath\x.cmd" CurrentDirectory="c:\path\to\x.cmd"

You might need one additional call of net share on the remote machine to get exact location of the directory. something like this:

wmic /node:server process call create "cmd /c \"net share ^> \\\\myshare\\server.shares.txt \""
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process call create "cmd /c cd /d PATH_TO_X_CMD & PATH_TO_X_CMD\x.cmd" solved my problem! thanks everyone! – user2381130 May 28 '13 at 1:22
Clever solution, user2381130, thanks! – twasbrillig Mar 26 '14 at 20:30

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