A method of performing remote process execution in a computer network. A remote process execution request, including an identification of a process to be executed, is transmitted from a requesting computer to a serving computer. At both the requesting and the serving computers, a file addressing structure is established, so that a file reference by the remote process at the serving computer addresses a file located at the requesting computer. The remote process is activated at the serving computer in response to the remote process execution request. In response to a file reference by the remote process, the file is automatically accessed from the requesting computer in accordance with the addressing structure. The method includes a technique by means of which files may be selectively and automatically accessed from either the requesting or the serving computer, as desired by a user. A computer administrator may selectively override the file accessing instructions, if desired, thereby providing the ability to maintain file security for certain files.