How to control MATLAB on remote PC from MATLAB command window on another local PC

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I'm trying to control Matlab on remote PC in local area network from local Matlab.
I don't want to use VNC client because I need to control Matlab on remote PC from command window or matlab script in local Matlab.
Can anyone tell me the best way to solve this probrem?

Answers (1)

Mark Whirdy
Mark Whirdy on 13 Dec 2012
Edited: Mark Whirdy on 13 Dec 2012
I did something similar, running an matlab/tomlab/cplex optimization job on a server called from my local machine. I wrote a C# class to log into the remote machine and run a .bat file there (process below).
[Matlab (local)] --> [Matlab's .Net Interface runs DLL] --> [DLL written in C# logs into remote machine & calls .bat file] --> [.bat file opens matlab on remote machine] --> [Matlab (remote)] --> [m-files (remote)]
The C# class is below, I'll have to go back & recompile it to ensure that it works 100% though.
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Management;
//using System.Security;
//using System.Security.Permissions;
//using System.Reflection;
//using System.Runtime.CompilerServices;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Security.Permissions;
using System.Security;
using System.IO;
//[assembly: AllowPartiallyTrustedCallers]
* Overview:
* RemoteExecution.cs provides for the RemoteExecution class; facilitating the execution of programs
* on a remote machine through username/password authentication on the IP-Address of the remote machine
* and the path of the target executable (or batch file). RemoteExecution strongly inherits from System.Management
* Usage:
* Used primarily to allow matlab to connect to Dub1wsp02804 programmatically, through NET
* Interface to RemoteExecution.dll.
* Example:
* ipAddress: ""
* userName: "mwhirdy"
* passWord: "*********"
* targetProcessPath: "\\Dub1wsp02804\c$\QuantCredit\Matlab\iCreditMaster\testBatchFileRoutine.bat"
* Written By:
* Mark Whirdy (09-Nov-2010)
* */
namespace iCreditNETLibrary
public class RemoteExecution
String userName = "";
String passWord = "";
String ipAddress = "";
String targetProcessPath = "";
FileIOPermission perm = new FileIOPermission(PermissionState.Unrestricted); // <<<< TEMPORARY TROUBLESHOOTING LINE
public string userName, passWord, ipAddress, targetProcessPath;
// public string ConnectAndExecute(string userName, string passWord, string ipAddress, string targetProcessPath)
public string ConnectAndExecute()
// Prime Connection Object with UserName and Password Explicitly
ConnectionOptions connection = new ConnectionOptions();
connection.Username = userName;
connection.Password = passWord;
// Attempt Connection To ipAddress through ConnectionObject
ipAddress = String.Format("\\\\{0}\\root\\cimv2", ipAddress);
ManagementScope MgmtScope = new ManagementScope(ipAddress, connection);
catch (Exception e)
return e.Message;
// Attempt CommandLine Creation of Win32 Process
ManagementClass MgmtClass = new ManagementClass(MgmtScope, new ManagementPath("Win32_Process"), new ObjectGetOptions());
ManagementBaseObject inParams = MgmtClass.GetMethodParameters("Create");
inParams["CommandLine"] = targetProcessPath;
ManagementBaseObject outParams = MgmtClass.InvokeMethod("Create", inParams, null);
catch (Exception e)
return e.Message;
// Return Executed KeyWord to indicate successful execution
return "Executed";
Your local m-file which calls this C# method (once you compile the above as a DLL) will be something like
assemblyInfo = NET.addAssembly(fullfile(dllPath,'iCreditNETLibrary.dll')); %#ok
objectRemoteExecution = iCreditNETLibrary.RemoteExecution; % Instantiate object of class <RemoteExecution>
userName = getenv('username');
objectRemoteExecution.ipAddress = ''; % IP Address for Dub1wsp02804
objectRemoteExecution.userName = userName;
objectRemoteExecution.passWord = passWord;
remoteServerBatchPath = '\\Dub1wsp02804\c$\QuantCredit\Matlab\iCredit\iCredit Remote Optimization Layer';
% batchFileName = 'portfoptBatchRoutine.bat';
batchFileName = 'Callee_RemoteExecutionTestEmailer.bat'; objectRemoteExecution.targetProcessPath = fullfile(remoteServerBatchPath,batchFileName);
outputFlag = objectRemoteExecution.ConnectAndExecute; % call <ConnectAndExecute> method
The batch file then will be something like:
start matlab -nosplash -nodesktop -minimize -r "cd('C:\mypath\myfolder'); pause(3); myMFile; exit"


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