How to execute a program over a LAN

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by TwistedDreams, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. Hello

    I could use some help. I've done this before but i can't remember how i
    set it up.
    I would like to install a program on one computer, but be able to execute
    the exe from several computers on a LAN.
    i.e. Install Opera (web browser) on one computer(let's call it "A",
    basically a server) and be able to start up Opera on other computers (lets
    call them B, C and D), using the exe file from the computer it was
    installed on (computer "A")

    TwistedDreams, Nov 17, 2007
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    Mitch Guest

    It amazes me that you didn't think the OS was a factor.
    It is nearly the only factor that matters for this question.
    Mitch, Nov 17, 2007
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  3. Installing a application involves (most of the times) not just copying the
    exe, but it also needs settings and dll files. So, calling the exe from a
    network share alone, will most probably give errors.
    You need a full-blown application server - the box where you installed the
    program correctly, must in fact export its screen.
    A simple way to do this is remote desktop sharing or vnc. But then, this is
    not multiuser.
    wisdomkiller & pain, Nov 17, 2007
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    Mike Easter Guest

    If an application is 'portable' it doesn't have to be 'installed' --
    where the terms portable and installed apply specifically to the usage
    of those terms described here A portable
    application, or portable app for short, is a software program that does
    not require any kind of formal installation
    Opera is one example of a Win application which has an installable
    version and a portable version.

    The portable version .exe can reside on any of the computers on the LAN
    or a USB thumbdrive or whatever. As long as any of the other computers
    on the LAN can access the drivespace where the .exe resides, they can
    execute the app and use that Opera browser.

    There are a number of portable applications. There are also a number of
    different Operas, the installable for Win, Mac, OS2, various linuxes,
    QNX, Sparc, BeOS, miniOpera for mobile phones, as well as the portable
    Win one.
    Mike Easter, Nov 17, 2007
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    pcbutts1 Guest

    pcbutts1, Nov 17, 2007
  6. Computer "A" is a Win 2k box, the others are a mix of Win 2k and XP.
    TwistedDreams, Nov 17, 2007
  7. Isn't there a way to just create a shortcut to the exe file on Computer
    TwistedDreams, Nov 17, 2007
  8. I already use vnc type programs for accessing the desktop. But as you
    already guessed it's for multi users. But i think you may have given me a
    clue. Copying the exe to the other computers. :)
    TwistedDreams, Nov 17, 2007
  9. Thanks for the suggestion. The way i had this set up long ago didn't
    involve using portable applications. I might look into what you suggested
    for some of the apps ;)
    TwistedDreams, Nov 17, 2007
  10. Hmmm not sure that's exactly what i'm looking for, but thanks for the input
    TwistedDreams, Nov 17, 2007
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    pcbutts1 Guest

    You can use the AT command to run programs on other computers or use it to
    download files to other computers. Everything is in that link I posted.


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    pcbutts1, Nov 17, 2007
  12. TwistedDreams wrote:

    Well, surely. The Link must just contain \\computera\share\progname.exe
    or you can map a network drive.
    However, most "conventional" programs rely on setups that do not exist on
    the client computer (=where there is only the link to the exe, or even the
    exe copied over). These may be configs (ini files, registry entries ...) or
    dlls in the %systemdir% of the "server" where the application has put them
    upon install.
    wisdomkiller & pain, Nov 17, 2007
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    nobody > Guest

    Nice try buttshead, but wrong.

    I see why you toppost. it puts your sig over the top of the post being
    replied to, thereby hiding it from any newsreader that trims sigs.

    Trying to hide your stupidity from Google?

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  14. thanks, i'll check that link out a little more
    TwistedDreams, Nov 18, 2007
  15. Thanks, that sounds very familiar.. mapping out the drive. i think you've
    shaken the cobwebs out of my brain :)
    TwistedDreams, Nov 18, 2007
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