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)}
  2. 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 "*"
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Make sure to change the * on the trusted host to *