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Can't Connect to WinRM on Server 2008

Posted on 2013-12-10
Last Modified: 2014-02-12
I am unable to connect to my PDC running Win 2008 R2 using Server Manager v.6.3 (on my Win 8.1 box). I am able to connect to my BDC (also running win 2008 R2) with no problems.

I have run Winrm QC in PowerShell and received the following message:

WinRM already is setup to receive requests on this machine.
WinRM already is set up for remote management on this machine.

The message i receive in Server Manager when i try to refresh is:

Configuration refresh failed with the following error: The metadata failed to be retrieved from the server due to the followin error: The WS-Management service cannot process the request.

The Windows firewall is disabled by Group Policy, but i have opened the ports for WinRM by running WinRM QuickConfig on the server.

I have tried telneting to the server on port 5895 and it seems to be open. I've tried following all sorts of different guides but nothing fixes it.
Question by:Forensicon
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Expert Comment

by:Andrew Davis
ID: 39710659
There is no such thing as PDC and BDC anymore, but i like that it tells me that you have been around servers for a while :)

can you remote manage the server from the other server? Trying to narrow fault down to client or server.


Author Comment

ID: 39711489
Really? No more PDC's? What do you call your primary controller when you have replication turned on?

I will try managing from the other server. Should i use the Remote Manage program or some other means to attempt?

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Expert Comment

by:Andrew Davis
ID: 39712935
no more PDC or BDC. They are all just DC and there are FSMO roles that can be held by one DC or split between a couple.

use Remote Manage, the same as you do from you win8 client.


Author Comment

ID: 39714724
I can't figure out how or where to do this on my Server 2008 box.
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Andrew Davis earned 500 total points
ID: 39715914
see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee815282(v=ws.10).aspx

this gives you a good step-by-step.


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