How do I allow WMI through firewall?

Document created by drossler Employee on May 9, 2017Last modified by rsullinger on Aug 21, 2017
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You may experience this problem, even with the firewall off, depending on the permissions settings of a target endpoint.

RPC server is unavailable. Please allow WMI through Windows Firewall.

To fix it if this occurs, open a command line window on the endpoint (as an administrator) and enter the following:


Old command (Windows 7 and below)

netsh firewall set service RemoteAdmin enable


New commands (Windows 8 and above)

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="remote administration" new enable=yes
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Windows Remote Management" new enable=yes
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="windows management instrumentation (wmi)" new enable=yes


If this occurs, after making the above changes, open up the windows firewall and look for the following:


Enable all Virtual Machine Monitoring rules if available.