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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 26, 2016

RUNRMTCMD equivalent command for IBM i Access Client Solutions.

RUNRMTCMD was available in IBM i Access for Windows (iAWin) but not in IBM i Access Client Solutions (i ACS). Up until Service Pack (SP) SI57907, when RUNRMTCMD is issued, the desktop application would launch and user is able to view the application. However, after applying SP SI60523 or SI62603, the process is running, but the interaction with the desktop stop - user no longer can view the application. We are suddenly forced to either use the Microsoft (Sysinternals) PSEXEC program or STRPCO and STRPCCMD, or refrain from apply the current SPs for iAWin, and i ACS does not offer the the RUNRMTCMD function.

Use Case:

RUNRMTCMD was available in IBM i Access for Windows (iAWin) but not in IBM i Access Client Solutions (i ACS). We have been heavily using RUNRMTCMD function in numerous applications and now have 1000s of areas where this needs to be changed. STRPCO and STRPCCMD is not an option for us, as we perform various processes under the cover for the end user. It will be a major undertaking to make these changes in all the processes - IFF we have access to the codes. We need this functionality and would request to have this ported over to iACS, so that we can transition over into iACS in the future from iAWin. We would also like to see a replacement that use the SSL connection.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Aug 1, 2022

    Even STRPCCMD is not secure. You can basically invoke very powerful powershell or cmd scripts with such system, privilege escalation etc without any control.

    Basically it is assumed that a OS-400 user can invoke commands on the connecting terminal PC.

    Let's face it: it is not a good design.

    This should be mediated by the 5250 connecting terminal using explicit behaviour and semantics, i.e.:


    but allowing STRPCCMD to launch ANY OS command (cmd.exe , powershell.exe etc.) to the connecting PC? Well.... no.... it is just bad design and a security bomb waiting to happen....

  • Guest
    Jan 16, 2017

    RUNRMTCMD is not a secure solution and will not be implemented. You are encouraged to use STRPCCMD or some other secure solution (eg SSH).