How to monitor Windows 2012 Server using local admin account?

How to monitor Windows 2012 Server using local admin account?

Windows 2012 server can not be monitored using local admin account from a remote machine. We have to follow these steps on the monitored server to allow remote WMI polling for the local admin account.


If you want to use a local user to monitor the target machine (no matter if workgroup or domain machine), set up this user account as following. 
Note: This approach does not work with a domain user!
  • Open the Computer/Server Management tool on the target machine.
  • Navigate to System | Local Users and Groups | Groups.
  • Add the local user to Distributed COM Users and to Performance Monitor Users.
  • Navigate to Services and Applications below in the management panel.
  • Right-click WMI Control and choose Properties.
  • Select the Security tab.
  • Navigate to the namespace you are interested in (e.g., Root\CIMV2).
  • Click on the Security button.
  • Add the local user and give these permissions: Execute MethodsEnable Account andRemote Enable.
  • Start DCOMCNFG.exe
  • Select COM Security
  • In section Launch and Activation Permissions click Edit Limits...
  • Add the local user and allow these permissions: Local LaunchRemote Launch and Remote Activation


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