WMI Troubleshooting

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Follow these steps to troubleshoot issues with WMI not working. These usually show up when Powershell or a Networking Monitoring Software such as Spiceworks, PRTG, or SolarWinds are unable to capture WMI input from a target computer.

NOTE: If you are in a domain environment, try applying this GPO to your joined computers in order to open the ports needed for WMI.

To Resolve:

  1. Make sure DCOM is enabled on both computers (probe/remote). Run – regedit – Navigate To: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Ole – Make sure “Enable DCOM” is set to the value “Y”.

  2. The user’s credentials should be a domain admin’s if on a domain and a local admin, DCOM, and Performance Monitoring if not on a domain.

  3. On the probe computer, open Powershell and type:

Get-WmiObject -Namespace “root\cimv2” -Class Win32_Process -Impersonation 3 -ComputerName (#remoteComputerName) -Credential (#Provide credentials if you are not running this as the user you will be using on the remote computer).

If you get information, the problem has been resolved.

If you get an error, continue…

  1. Make sure WMI is allowed incoming/outgoing on the firewalls of each computer.

  2. Restart the WMI service on the target computer. Run – cmd – Type:

net stop winmgmt
net start winmgmt

net start rpcss #you should get an error saying RPC is already running. If you don’t get this error, Run – regedit – Navigate To:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\RpcSs and make sure “Start” is set to the value of “2”.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server and make sure that “AllowRemoteRPC” is set to the value of “1”