Remotely Managing IIS on Windows Server Core 2008 R2

You might get an error when trying to manage a remote IIS server core session using the IIS management console from a remote computer. You might receive the following error message.


Could not connect to the specified computer. Details: Unable to connect to the remote server

There are three things that you need to do all on the server core machine running IIS:

  1. Run the following command:

    Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:IIS-ManagementService

  2. Enable Remote Management:

    Set EnableRemoteManagement to 1 under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WebManagement\Server

  3. Start the Web Management Service as this is set to manual:

    Net start wmsvc

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