For a few weeks I’ve been trying to get winexe compiled, running, connecting, and working from both Linux (Ubuntu 11.04) and MacOS X (Snow Leopard, 10.6.x), to a Windows 7 system. But could never find a complete solution, only fragments of information. This may help anyone trying to piece things together as I did.
First, on the Windows system you want to remote connect to:
- If you have the firewall enabled, enable “Inbound Rules” -> “Remote Service Management (NP-In)” (I figured this out by trial and error)
- Add this to the registry (see this and this)
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\system /v LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
Then on Linux/Mac, get and build from latest source; 1.00 as of this post.
wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/winexe/files/winexe-1.00.tar.gz/download -O winexe-1.00.tar.gz
tar xf winexe-1.00.tar.gz
On Mac, there’s a patch you have to apply (see the note under “For Mac OS X:” here; I created the tinypaste link for convenience)
wget http://tinypaste.com/70837/save.php?hash=0 -O 1.patch
patch -p0 < 1.patch
./bin/winexe -U “<user>%<password>” //<windows system> cmd.exe
On Ubuntu, some of the packages that I had to install (I don’t remember all of them) are: autoconf, python-dev.
On Mac, I’m using homebrew for missing standard *nix packages/utilities, like wget.
Some sites I’ve read mention running “make proto bin/winexe”, instead of “make”. This failed for me, so I just ran the full make.
Some sites I’ve read mention patching source4/winexe/service.c, changing the line
#define NT_STATUS_SERVICE_DOES_NOT_EXIST NT_STATUS(0xc0000424)
from 0xc0000424 to 0x00000424. I tried this. winexe worked fine without changing this line, and didn’t work when I did change it.
Now that I have it working, I can’t get some basic key mappings working, like the backspace key. But that’s a separate issue.
In case the Mac patch should disappear for some reason, the single change is in source4/winexe/winexe.h. Change
struct tevent_context *ev_ctx;
extern struct tevent_context *ev_ctx;