Another way to manage a Windows 2008 Server Core computer remotely is by using the Windows Remote Shell (WinRS). WinRS uses Windows Remote Management (WinRM), which is Microsoft’s implementation of the WS-Management protocol.
To configure the Windows Remote Shell to manage a Windows 2008 Server Core computer, run the command WinRM quickconfig at the command prompt. This command will create a WinRM listener on the Windows 2008 Server Core computer. Type yes to confirm the changes and to create WinRM listener.
WinRM is not set up to allow remote access to this machine for management.
The following changes must be made:
Create a WinRM listener on HTTP://* to accept WS-Man requests to any IP on this
Make these changes [y/n]? y
WinRM has been updated for remote management.
Created a WinRM listener on HTTP://* to accept WS-Man requests to any IP on this
After configuring WinRM on Windows 2008 Server Core computer, you can winrs command from a full installation to manage the Windows 2008 Server Core computer remotely. The syntax of the winrs command is as shown below.
winrs –r:<Windows_2008_Server_Core_name> <Command>
Below example displays the directory contents of "C:\" of a Windows 2008 Server Core computer by executing dir command.
C:\>winrs -r:score-01.omnisecu.pvt -d:"c:\" "dir"
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 200F-8C12
Directory of c:\
09/18/2006 02:43 PM 24 autoexec.bat
09/18/2006 02:43 PM 10 config.sys
10/03/2010 11:14 PM <DIR> MyShare
01/19/2008 01:44 AM <DIR> PerfLogs
10/02/2010 09:47 PM <DIR> Program Files
10/07/2010 12:45 AM <DIR> Users
10/02/2010 08:41 PM <DIR> Windows
2 File(s) 34 bytes
5 Dir(s) 13,868,564,480 bytes free