PowerShell remoting not working consistently


I am having an issue with PowerShell remoting on some PCs.

Using an administrator command prompt, I have used PSTools to enable PowerShell remoting for specific PC. i.e C:\Installs\SysinternalsSuite\PsExec64.exe \PCName -s powershell Enable-PSRemoting –Force

It returns with the following showing it was enabled successfully.

PsExec v2.34 - Execute processes remotely
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Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com

WinRM is already set up to receive requests on this computer.
WinRM is already set up for remote management on this computer.
WARNING: Waiting for service ‘Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) (winrm)’ to stop…
powershell exited on PCName with error code 0.

I can then use Enter-PSSession PCname to open a session and run a command I need to run and Exit-PSSession to close the session.

The problem is that it is not working for all PCs. For some PCs when I start a PowerShell remote session using Enter-PSSession, it fails, even though the enable command above completes successfully for that PC.

I receive the following error:

Enter-PSSession : Connecting to remote server PCName failed with the following error message : WinRM cannot complete the operation. Verify that the specified computer name is valid, that the computer is accessible over the network, and that a firewall exception for the WinRM service is enabled and allows access from this computer. By default, the WinRM firewall exception for public profiles limits access to remote computers within the same local subnet. For more information, see the about_Remote_Troubleshooting Help topic.
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  • Enter-PSSession PCName
  • CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (PCName:String) [Enter-PSSession], PSRemotingTransportException
  • FullyQualifiedErrorId : CreateRemoteRunspaceFailed

I verified the PC name is valid, the computer is accessible on the network and a firewall exception for the WinRM service is enabled. I believe this is typically done when the PsTools command completes successfully.

What am I missing that would explain why it works on some PCs but not on others, even though the PSTools results in successfully being enabled? I also tested by setting up PowerShell remoting using https://support.auvik.com/hc/en-us/articles/204424994-How-to-enable-WinRM-with-domain-controller-Gro…

However, when I test I still cannot use Enter-PSSession for some PCs. What am I doing wrong?


What version of windows are the destination computers you’re seeing the error on?
Are they on a different network then the one your checking from? Sometimes spanning over different networks runs into issues if the network doesn’t allow the WinRM ports through.

Could be any number of reasons, throwing this out there just in case. Do you have anything odd in your Trusted Hosts setting on the system running the remote commands? I always set mine either *.domain.com or just *

*Update 4/1/22

Thank you all for your responses. The problem was actually related to the new Antivirus software blocking port 5985. I can now access the PCs with PowerShell Remoting.

Thank you.