Computer Tip: Administer older servers from Windows Server 2012

Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 can manage not only Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Server 2012 servers, but also servers running Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 as well.

To do this, on the servers to manage:

  • Install .net Framework 4.0.
  • Install Windows Management Framework 3.0.
  • Install the hot fix at
  • Run the PowerShell command prompt as a local Administrator by right-clicking on the PowerShell icon and selecting “Run as Administrator”.
  • Execute the following PowerShell commands to enable remote management via WMF 3.0 and the Server Manager CIM Provider:
      Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned Configure-SMRemoting.ps1 -force -enable

Note: Sorry. No Windows Server 2003 administration available.


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