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I've installed Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 because I would like to administer my Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core machine.

The error that I'm getting when I try to run Server Manager is:

Connecting to remote server failed with the following error message: Access is denied. For more information, see the about_Remote_Troubleshooting Help topic.

This is what I've done so far:

  1. I'm running WinRM service on both machines (Server and Window 7)
  2. I've added my server to trusted hosts on my Windows 7 machine:
    winrm set winrm/config/client @{TrustedHosts="WINSRV2"}
  3. I've added registry entry on Windows 7 machine:
    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
  4. I've enabled Remote Management inbound rule on server firewall using CoreConfigurator 2.0
  5. both machines are in the same subnet and when I search for network machines on Windows 7 I see my server.
  6. I've run Server Manager on my Windows 7 machine normally as well as elevated but with no obvious difference. Same error returned.

Before I've executed 2 and 3 I was getting a completely different error, that was even more ambiguous. At least I got to this point where machines are obviously trying to communicate.


What else should I do to make it work? I would like to run several different remote management tools against my server machine.

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Configure the windows firewalls on both sides ;)

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As stated in my question I've configured firewall on the server side. I guess that's all that should be configured there. What about the client side (Windows 7 machine)? What should be configured there? – Robert Koritnik May 30 '10 at 6:09
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I had to run remote management tools under domain admin account. They connected just fine to my domain controller on Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core. This was stupid, yet I learned something... ;)

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