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How to Enable WMI through the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security using Group Policy

Prerequisites

You will require the Group Policy Management Tools on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows or Server 2012. These are part of the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) availabale form the Microsoft web site.

Instructions

To enable access to WMI on computers using the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012) please follow these instuctions.

  1. Edit an existing Group Policy object or create a new one using the Group Policy Management Tool.
  2. Expand the Computer Configuration/Policies/Windows Settings/Security Settings/Windows Firewall with Advanced Security/Windows Firewall with Advanced Security/Inbound Rules node.Group Policy Management Editor
  3. Check the Predefined: radio button and select Windows Management Instrumentation from the drop down list. Click NextNew Inbound Rule Wizard
  4. Check the WMI rules for the Domain Profile.NextNew Inbound Rule Wizard
  5. Check the Allow the Connection radio botton and click Finish to exit and save the new rule.New Inbound Rule Wizard
  6. Make sure the Group Policy Object is applied to the relevant computers using the Group Policy Management Tool.