Unable to remotely manage a Server Core machine (MMC, WMI, Device Manager)

I’ve been seeing a lot of churn internally and externally about installing a role on a server core machine and then trying to connect to it remotely only to find that the remote server core machine won’t allow you to connect. 

Remote Management:

To allow remote management of a server core machine run this locally on the box:

C:\>netsh advfirewall set currentprofile settings remotemanagement enable

After which point the firewall should allow all your remote admin tools to connect (computer management and DNS snap-in for example).  


If you’re looking for WMI to be open on your servers:

C:\>netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”windows management instrumentation (wmi)” new enable=yes

Updated 4 rule(s).

Device Manager:

You can enable a read-only view of device manager remotely by doing the following:

1) On the server core machine enable remote management (see above).

2) On a full server open gpedit.msc and connect to the server core machine.

3) Go to: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Device Installation

4) Enable the following policy: Allow remote access to the PnP interface.

5) Reboot the Server Core machine.

6) Now you should be able to access the device manager snap-in remotely from a full server.


Commands for a lot of different situations:

Want to know how to add.remove devices locally on a server core machien via the command line and every other command you’d ever need?  See this:



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Comments (2)

  1. Anonymous says:

    A little while ago I showed how to manage the basic firewall in Windows Server 2008. Recently I found