Managing Windows 2008 R2 server from Windows Server 2012 Server Manager

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.