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How to connect to a server in a workgroup using server manager in windows 8.1

I have bought windows 8.1 and installed in on my computer. I have created a new VM in VMware workstation 10 and installed the evaluation version windows server 2012R2 on it. Now I want to connect to it using Server manager in windows 8.1. I if you are in a domain then this is not a problem but if you are working in workgroups as I am currently to explorer the windows 2012R2 option without messing with your home network there a couple of steps you need to perform in order to get it to work.

On the windows 8.1 machine do the following

1. Open  PowerShell as an administrator (search PowerShell then right mouse click)



2. Enter this command and change <YourtargetServernameHere> to your server name

Set-Item WSMan:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts -Value <YourtargetServernameHere> –Force


3. Add the server in the Server Manager

4. Right mouse click on server and select manage as and fill the credentials like this


 servername/administrator (change the server name to your servername, case sensitive)



You should now able to connect to the server. If it is not working check the firewall in the server



If you have multiple servers then use this command in the powershell per server

Set-Item wsman:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts <Yourservername> -Concatenate -Force

With the -Concatenate Flag you add the server to the Trust list otherwise you overwrite the trust list and end up with just one server in the list


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