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How to Access a Remote Machine via PowerShell

Challenge

The remote machine is running under Workgroup, not as a Domain. The software updates such as Adobe Acrobat needs to be updated manually due to the current standard user credential won’t let the system install it (UAC) and it required an Administrator account to log in and run. The administrator has to log on to every machine manually and run the updates. The updates sometimes ran every week.

Solution

On the Remote machine

Start Windows PowerShell as an Administrator by right-clicking the Windows PowerShell shortcut and selecting Run as Administrator

At the PowerShell prompt, verify the WinRM is running by using the following command:

get-service winrm

The value of the Status property in the output should be Running.

To configure Windows PowerShell for remoting, type the following command:

Enable-PSRemoting -force

If the remote computer is not in a trusted domain, the remote computer might not be able to authenticate the credentials. Enable authentication, which requires adding the remote computer to the list of trusted hosts for the local machine in WinRM. To do so, type:

winrm set winrm/config/client ‘@{TrustedHosts=”LocalComputer”}’

On the local machine

Start Windows PowerShell as an Administrator by right-clicking the Windows PowerShell shortcut and selecting Run as Administrator

Run the following command:

winrm set winrm/config/client ‘@{TrustedHosts=”RemoteComputer”}’

or

winrm set winrm/config/client ‘@{TrustedHosts=”*”}’

Exit from this application.

Run Windows PowerShell ISE as Administrator

Create Untitled.ps1 document and save it under: C:\Users\Username\Documents

$Credentials = Get-Credential
Enter-PSSession -ComputerName RemoteComputer -Credential $Credentials

Run hostname to verify local machine

Run the Untitled.ps1 command with authentication window

Run hostname to verify that on remote machine

Environment

  • Remote machine: Ms Windows 7 Professional
  • Local machine: Ms Windows 7 Professional
  • Network: Workgroup NOT domain

Credits

Photo by Anete Lusina: https://www.pexels.com/photo/male-remote-worker-inserting-usb-stick-into-port-4792741/

[Note: Pageviews – 2,217 – before migrated from Dewalist Blog website on 09/08/2020]

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Valdy founded Dewacorp.com, a helpdesk and IT Services provider that has taken care of over 39,000 customer service requests in the past 15 years - that's nearly 2,600 per year. He also created the growing Dewalist.com - a classified website that has close to 55,000 page views and 6,000 user visits per month with 52,000 yearly published ads and 39,000 active registered users. He blogs for the ever-growing Dewapost.com, a tech blog that gets around 20,000 impressions per month with 700 clicks and 10 average pages first impressions on Google Search. You can reach him on the Contact Us page, social media links below or Dewachat.com.

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