Managing Windows 2008 R2 server from Windows Server 2012 Server Manager

7.Jan.2013 | by Gusac | Filed in: Articles, Tutorials

Server Manager in Windows server 2012 lets you manage remote servers using Windows Remote Management (WinRM). However, for managing down-level servers like Windows server 2008 and Windows server 2008 R2 there are a few prerequisites need to be met.


1. Service Pack Prerequisite

  • SP1 required on Windows Server 2008 R2 and SP2 on Windows Server 2008.


2. Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0


3.  Windows Management Framework (WMF) 3.0


4.  Services status

  • Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) service - Started and set to Automatic
  • Windows Management Instrumentation service – Started and set to Automatic
  • DCOM Process Launcher service – Started and set to Automatic


5.  WINRM Port or DCOM Port connectivity

  • Make exception in Windows firewall to allow Winrm or Dcom port.
  • Default port for WinRM over HTTP is 5985 and over HTTPS is 5986.


6. Microsoft Patch for the down-level (target) server

  • Windows Server 2012 list the target servers with status: “Online - Verify WinRM 3.0 service is installed, running, and required firewall ports are open”


7. Allow remote server management through WinRM

  • Method 1: Group Policy

Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Remote Management (WinRM) > WinRM Service > Allow remote server management through WinRM

Set the policy to Enabled and put * symbol for IPv4 and IPv6 filter.



  • Method 2: Command line

On the target server, type the command: Alternatively, you can run the command “winrm quickconfig” to enable remote access


8. Enable Windows PowerShell remote management

  • On the target sever, launch Powershell window and type the following comment: Enable-PSremoting –Force
  • This command configures the computer to receive Windows PowerShell remote commands that are sent by using the WS-Management technology.