Remotely modify the registry

Posted by Shane Corellian

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Jun 15, 2011 5:00:00 AM

Every now and then you probably find yourself needing to make some modifications to the registry on your local computer. But what about those damn remote computers? No worries, using PDQ Deploy Pro you can make your changes easily.

One of the cool features of PDQ Deploy Pro is the ability to run a command on the target system. All you have to do is create a New Action of the type Command.

modify the registry remotely using PDQ Deploy Pro

In this case after I added a new Command Action I deleted the first Action which is, by default, an Installer. (this is PDQ Deploy Pro after all). You can create as many Actions (Installer or Command as you'd like).

remote registry modification is easy with PDQ Deploy Pro

In the case above I am deleting a registry value called AnnoyingApp from the Run key under HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Here is the command

REG DELETE HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run /v AnnoyingApp /f

Or if you want to add a value:

REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft" /v SourceDirectory /t REG_SZ /f /d \\Southpark\StansStuff

Of course there are a lot of commands you can run using PDQ Deploy Pro but remember that any command you run remotely cannot be interactive. In other words you don't want to run a command that expects user input after it opens. If the remote command does need user interaction you will basically have a process that is hanging.

I like to use the Command Action to kill running processes (taskkill.exe) prepatory to an installation or perhaps I want to  perform some post-deployment tasks such as removing AutoUpdate registry values or associating additional file types with the newly application.

Think about the commands that you find yourself running. There are likely a bunch. We agree that psexec is an awesome tool, but if you are continually running the same commands on many systems, the ability to simultaneously run the command on all of your computers is a great benefit.

Topics: pdq deploy pro, remote commands

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