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Windows Hyper-V-Server

Server Manager: Computer cannot be managed ...

When using Server Manager to open Computer Management for a hyper-v-server a dialog is displayed showing the message:

Computer SERVER-NAME cannot be managed. Verify that the network path is correct, the computer is available on the network and that the appropriate Windows Firewall rules are enabled on the target computer.

To enable the appropriate Windows Firewall rules on the remote computer, open the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security snap-in and enable the following Inbound Rules:

CDOM+ Network Access (DCOM-In)
All rules in the Remove Event Log Management group.

You can also enable these rules by using Group Policy settings for Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. For servers that are running the Server Core installation option, run the Netsh AdvFirewall command or the Windows PowerShell NetSecurity module.

Where SERVER-NAME in the above is the name (or IP address) of the hyper-v server you are trying to manage.

The Solution

It is worth checking the basics, namely that the name of the server (or its IP address) is correct.

Assuming the server name (or IP address) is correct then the next thing to check is the firewall.

Assuming you are trying to connect to hyper-v-server then you won't have access to "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security". However, if your hyper-v-server is part of your domain then you can achieve the same effect by editing the group policy.

Otherise you will need to either use "Netsh AdvFirewall" or the PowerShell "NetSecurity" command. You need one or the other, but not both as both are different ways of doing the same thing.

Netsh AdvFirewall

The error message refers to the need to enable the "COM+ Network Access (DCOM-In)" and "Remote Event Log Management", but this is wrong. Remote Event Log Management is correct, but it should be "Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)" not "COM+ Network Access (DCOM-In)".

On the hyper-v-server, at the command line type (and this is not case sensitive):

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)" new enable=yes

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


C:\>netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)" new enable=yes


Updated 4 rule(s).



C:\>netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="remote event log management" new enable=yes


Updated 3 rule(s).




My thanks to for this.

If you get the message "No rules match the specified criteria" then the group setting is not correct.

It should now be able to successfully start Computer Management from Server Manager.

PowerShell NetSecurity (alternative to Netsh)

On the hyper-v-server, at the command line type:


to start Windows PowerShell. Then in PowerShell type:

Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)' -Enabled true -PassThru

Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Remote Event Log Management' -Enabled true -PassThru

The "-PassThru" parameter isn't strictly necessary, but forces the command to display what it is doing which personally I prefer.

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