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Managing Your Server Remotely with Administration Tools

Updated: June 4, 2009

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

This topic describes how you open and use snap-ins and tools that installed as part of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows® 7 to manage roles and features that are installed on other computers.

Follow these steps to open a snap-in that is installed as part of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7.

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click the snap-in that you want to open.

    If the snap-in you want is not listed in Administrative Tools, add the snap-in to a Microsoft Management console (MMC). Click Start, type mmc in the Start Search text box, and then press Enter to open MMC. On the File menu of the new MMC, click Add/Remove Snap-in to select the snap-in you want. For more information about how to add a snap-in to an MMC, see the MMC Help.

  2. Select the computer on which you want to manage roles, role services, or features by using the appropriate command, either on the Action menu, or in the Actions pane. Typically, this command is titled Connect to another computer, or similar.

  3. In the Select Computer dialog box, do one of the following.

    • Type the name or IP address of a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003, on which the role or feature that you want to manage is installed.

    • Click Browse to select the computer on which the role or feature that you want to manage is installed.

  4. Click OK to close the Browse for a Computer dialog box.

  5. Click OK to close the Select Computer dialog box.

Refer to the Help for the role or feature that you want to manage remotely for information about specific tasks and management considerations.

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 includes Server Manager for managing roles and features on a computer that is running either the full or Server Core installation options of Windows Server 2008 R2. To manage a computer remotely by using Server Manager, you connect Server Manager to a remote computer in the same manner you would connect Microsoft Management console (MMC) snap-ins for other technologies.

You must be a member of the Administrators group on any remote computers that you want to manage by using Server Manager. To run Server Manager on Windows 7, and target it at a server that is running Windows Server 2008 R2, follow the procedure in this section.

For more information about how to run Server Manager targeted at remote computers, see Remote Management with Server Manager (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=137378) in the Server Manager Help.

  1. On the remote computer that you want to manage, open Server Manager. To open Server Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

  2. In the Server Summary area, click Configure Server Manager Remote Management.

  3. Select Enable remote management of this server from other computers. Click OK.

  4. Install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 on a computer that is running Windows 7 as instructed in Installing or Removing Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7.

  5. On the computer that is running Windows 7, open a Command Prompt session with elevated user rights by clicking Start, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, right-clicking Command Prompt, and then clicking Run as administrator.

  6. Start the Windows Remote Management (WinRM) service.Type the following, and then press Enter.

    net start winrm

  7. On the computer that is running Windows 7, open Server Manager. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

    noteNote
    Depending upon the configuration of your Start menu on Windows 7, Administrative Tools might be located in Control Panel.

  8. Right-click the Server Manager node at the top of the tree pane, and then click Connect to Another Computer.

  9. Type the name of the computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2, and that you prepared for remote management in steps 1 through 3 of this procedure.

Perform the following steps to use an Administration Tools command-line tool for remote administration of a role, role service, or feature on another computer.

  1. Open a Command Prompt window with elevated rights by clicking Start, right-clicking Command Prompt, and then clicking Run as administrator.

    noteNote
    If there is no Command Prompt shortcut on the Start menu, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

  2. If User Account Control prompts you to let Command Prompt run as an administrator, click Continue.

  3. Enter the command in the Command Prompt window, and then press Enter.

    You might be required to specify the computer that is running the role, role service, or feature that you want to manage. To obtain the correct syntax for specifying in the command line the computer that you want to manage, type command_name/?, where command_name represents the command that you want to use.

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