Windows Server 2012: Server Core Remote Administration

If you have just installed Server 2012 Core, configured it to your requirements and ready to manage remotely but you get the following error message: “Computer \\ cannot be managed. The network path was not found.” 

But you are 100% sure you have:

  • Configure Remote Management set to Enabled
  • Remote Desktop set to Enabled (all clients)

Then the following fix should work:

1. Enable the Remote Admin service

I do not know why it is disabled as it should be enabled when you configure Configure Remote Management in SCONFIG

netsh firewall set service type=remoteadmin mode=enable

2. Enable the Remote Administration firewall rule

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="remote administration" new enable=yes

3. Result

Providing everything was followed carefully you should now be able to connect nicely. You can secure it and lock it down further by only allowing certain MMC snap-ins to connect if you wanted to.

Note: Someone mentioned on Technet that the following command is an alternative for the above:

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Windows Remote Management" new enable=yes

I have to say I tried it, but it didn’t work. I need to try it on a clean install to be fair to be 100%. If it doesn’t work for you, then you can always use the first method.


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