When we go to remote manage a computer in Active Directory Users & Computers on an SBS 2011 network we will see:
Connecting, please wait . . .
After a short pause we will then see:
Event Viewer cannot connect to computer ‘Computer.Domain.LOCAL’. The error reported is: The RPC server is unavailable (sic)
When the computer management console does come up the Event Viewer looks like:
Note the hole where an icon should be to the left of Event Viewer.
To fix this we make a change in a GPO that we create and link to the Computers OU called Windows Computers Policy.
The change would be as follows:
- Computer Configuration –> Policies –> Windows Settings –> Security Settings –> Windows Firewall with Advanced Security –> Inbound Rules
- Right click and left click on New Rule.
Please note that it may take anywhere up to 90 minutes for the machines on the network to refresh their Computer Configuration policies.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book