PS: Setting Up PS Remoting

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Powershell is a great tool in any Windows admin arsenal. One of the most powerful features is “PS Remoting”. One thing you usually have to do on a new computer or a group of servers is enable remoting so that you can run PS from a single computer and use it to run commands on other computers. Typically you just have to type:

# From Admin CMD:

winrm quickconfig

# From Admin PS:

Set-WSManQuickConfig -force
# Or

..from an admin PS window, but I have seen that fail with something about “public network” firewall and then fail again because the computer wasn’t in my trusted lists. This guide is a brief overview on PS remoting rules. Follow these steps to resolve the issues:

To Resolve:

  1. To fix the public network issue you can run “Enable-PSRemoting -SkipNetworkProfileCheck” or:

# Run the following on both machines (local and remote)

$networkListManager = [Activator]::CreateInstance([Type]::GetTypeFromCLSID([Guid]"{DCB00C01-570F-4A9B-8D69-199FDBA5723B}"))
$connections = $networkListManager.GetNetworkConnections()

# Set network location to Private for all networks

$connections | % {$_.GetNetwork().SetCategory(1)}
  1. To add a computer as a trusted host:
winrm s winrm/config/client '@{TrustedHosts="test"}'

# or
Set-Item WSMan:localhostClientTrustedHosts -Value "machineA,machineB"

# Or to allow any and all computers (not recommended)
Set-Item WSMan:localhostClientTrustedHosts -Value "*"
  1. PS Remoting should create rules in the firewall for you, but if you need to enable WinRM manually, type:
# Older Versions of PS
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)" new enable=yes

# WS2012R2 or W8.1+

Set-NetFirewallRule -Name WINRM-HTTP-In-TCP-PUBLIC -RemoteAddress Any
  1. Try testing by typing:
Enter-PSSession -ComputerName (remoteHostName) -Credential (adminUserName)

# Example
Enter-PSSession -Computer DC1 -Credential mylab\administrator
# it will prompt for a password when you connect.

To Enable Remoting remotely:

$ArgList = @(
    "Start-Process powershell"
    "-Verb runAs"
    "-ArgumentList 'Enable-PSRemoting –force;"
    "Set-Item WSMan:localhost\client\trustedhosts -value *'"
    ) -join ' '

$IWM_Params = @{
    ComputerName = $TargetMachine
    Namespace = 'root\cimv2'
    Class = 'Win32_Process'
    Name = 'Create'
    Credential = $Cred
    # the next value may need to be quoted if it needs to be [string] instead of [int]
    Impersonation = 3
    EnableAllPrivileges = $True
    ArgumentList = $ArgList
Invoke-WmiMethod @IWM_Params

Make sure to change the * on the trusted host to *