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I recently had to trouble shoot why I was getting an "Access denied error" when trying to enable PSRemoting on hosted version of Windows 2008 R2.

The error received looked something like:

WinRM Quick Configuration Running command "Set-WSManQuickConfig" to enable
this machine
for remote management through WinRM service
This includes: 1. Starting or restarting (if already started) the WinRM service 2. Setting the WinRM service type to auto start 3. Creating a listener to accept requests on any IP address 4. Enabling firewall exception for WS-Management traffic (for http only).

Access is denied. + CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (:) [Set-WSManQuickConfig],
InvalidOperationException + FullyQualifiedErrorId :

I discovered that my hosting company had applied a group policy on a firewall rule,
which is modified in the 4th step when trying to enabled PSRemoting:
4. Enabling firewall exception for WS-Management traffic (for http only)

Steps to fix:
1) Click on start menu
    >> Administrative tools
    >> Windows Firewall and Advanced security

2) Click on inbound rules
    >> New rule
    >> choose the option "predefined" and select Windows Remote Management from the dropdown list
    >> Click next

3) Now, Deselect Windows Remote Management compatibility Mode(HTTP-In) and
    select Windows Remote Management Mode(HTTP-In)
    >> Click Next
    >> Allow the connection
    >> Finish

Here's a list of useful resources for debugging this, which I used before I discovered the above fix:

Trouble Shooting References:
Check that your account is in the Local Administrators group:
powershell> whoami /all

Powershell team - Enable PSRemoting (4 common trouble shooting steps)
How to run powershell commands on remote computers (Domain vs Workgroup setup)

Other Topics:
Trying to setup PSRemoting on SharePoint?
Using PowerShell remoting technologies to manage a SharePoint farm

Trying to setup PSRemoting on Windows XP?
Error enabling PSRemoting in Windows XP SP3

Are you setting up PSRemoting on a non English computer? - change it to English
Reference 1 - lanuage not specified
Reference 2 - Spanish/German

Are you using VirtualBox and trying to setup PSRemoting?
Virtualbox and needing to enable enable CredSSP
VirtualBox and setting up PSRemoting gets access denied error

Originally Answered on:

Unable to enable Powershell Remoting
Powershell enable-psremoting for remote machine

Server Fault
Enabling Powershell Remoting, Access is denied?

Enable-PSRemoting on Windows Server 2008 R2 error
Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 3:00 PM C# , Powershell , DevOps | Back to top

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