WinRM Fails To Start on Windows Server NOT R2

Posted on 2009-12-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Over the weekend, I installed Microsoft update KB968930, Windows Management Framework Core package (Windows PowerShell 2.0 and WinRM 2.0), on three servers.  Two of them are Windows 2003 Server Standard, 32 bit, and one Windows 2003 Server R2 Standard, 32 bit.  This added the Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)/WinRM service to the machines.  

The service won't start on one of the NON-R2 machines.  It gives the following error message:
Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      WinRM
Event Category:      None
Event ID:                           10119
Date:            12/21/2009
Time:            10:29:36 AM
User:            N/A
Computer:                           [ServerName]
The WinRM service is unable to start because of a failure during initialization.

 Additional Data
 The error code is 1300.

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I found one reference that's a couple of years old that talks about the NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService possibly not having the correct rights in AD, but this seems unlikely in this case since the service starts properly on the other two machines.

I tried the quickconfig option, but that requires the service to be able to start, which it won't.

Thank you,
Question by:novumlvit
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    Accepted Solution

    I'd check it anyway.  No two servers are ever completely identical unless they've just been imaged and no one has done anything to them yet.

    Author Closing Comment

    The problem child machine is a domain controller and indeed it did not have some of the explicit right user rights for the Network Service.  (

    BTW: I could not get the DC to allow me to set the "Impersonate a client after authentication" right.  It was undefined and the DC insisted it stay that way.  I suspect it's because of the AD level we're on.


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    What are the correct rights, and how do you set them in AD?

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