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    Posted: 04 February 2013 at 5:47pm
Hi,

We are using PSExec as part of our product to install an application on remote computers. I would like to understand what the licensing restrictions are around shipping PSExec with our product.

Here are the options in order of preference:

1. We package PSExec as part of our MSI.
2. We host PSExec for download on our website and automatically download it as part of the installation process of our application.
3. Automatically download PSexec directly from the sysinternals site as part of our installation process of our application.
4. We ask the customer to download the application from the PSExec website and point our application to the binary.

Which option will work in terms of the licensing?

I would really appreciate help on this!

Thanks.
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I would say #4 is the only option:
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote neald Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 February 2013 at 5:25pm
Thank you for the quick response.

As previously mentioned, our application spawns off the PSExec binary to install our client application on remote computers.

1. I wanted to confirm that we are in fact allowed to use PSExec as part of our product in this way or what the restrictions are around "integrating" or re-using PSExec as part of another product.

2. Do you know if we would be allowed to automatically download PSExec from within our application if we prompt the user with the PSExec license agreement?

Hoping you can assist on these questions. 
Thank you.


Edited by neald - 05 February 2013 at 5:25pm
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