How to Fix WinRm Firewall Exception Rule When Enabling PS Remoting

When you are enabling PowerShell remoting using the command Enable-PSRemoting, you may get the following error because your system is connected to the network trough a Wi-Fi connection.

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> winrm quickconfig
The following changes must be made:

Start the WinRM service.
Set the WinRM service type to delayed auto start.

Make these changes [y/n]? y

WinRM has been updated to receive requests.

WinRM service type changed successfully.
WinRM service started.
WSManFault
Message
ProviderFault
WSManFault
Message = WinRM firewall exception will not work since one of the network connection types on this machi
ne is set to Public. Change the network connection type to either Domain or Private and try again.

Error number: -2144108183 0x80338169
WinRM firewall exception will not work since one of the network connection types on this machine is set to Public. Chang
e the network connection type to either Domain or Private and try again.
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Enable-PSRemoting -force

Set-WSManQuickConfig : <f:WSManFault xmlns:f="http://schemas.microsoft.com/wbem/wsman/1/wsmanfault" Code="2150859113"
Machine="localhost"><f:Message><f:ProviderFault provider="Config provider"
path="%systemroot%\system32\WsmSvc.dll"><f:WSManFault xmlns:f="http://schemas.microsoft.com/wbem/wsman/1/wsmanfault"
Code="2150859113" Machine="computername"><f:Message>WinRM firewall exception will not work since one of the network
connection types on this machine is set to Public. Change the network connection type to either Domain or Private and
try again. </f:Message></f:WSManFault></f:ProviderFault></f:Message></f:WSManFault>
At line:69 char:17
+ Set-WSManQuickConfig -force
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (:) [Set-WSManQuickConfig], InvalidOperationException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : WsManError,Microsoft.WSMan.Management.SetWSManQuickConfigCommand

Luckily there is a workaround using only a single parameter 'SkipNetworkProfileCheck'.

Execute the following command and this will omit the network check.

Enable-PSRemoting -SkipNetworkProfileCheck -Force

2 thoughts on “How to Fix WinRm Firewall Exception Rule When Enabling PS Remoting”

  1. On Win7 to set the location to private for all networks one can use:

    $networkListManager = [Activator]::CreateInstance([Type]::GetTypeFromCLSID([Guid]”{DCB00C01-570F-4A9B-8D69-199FDBA5723B}”))
    $connections = $networkListManager.GetNetworkConnections()

    # Set network location to Private for all networks
    $connections | % {$_.GetNetwork().SetCategory(1)}

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