Windows 2012 R2 Core – Firewall Rules

For some reason the commands to open up the firewall for remote admin seem to be a bit difficult to find.  If you are trying out Core, you have to set this up on the command line.  Let me know if you have interest in more “general test lab setup” firewall rules.

This post wasn’t much help at first but F. Verstegan in the comments lists the commands I have below


The commands below are to open the firewall for most remote admin functions (since you’re using core and testing it, you’re going to remote manage right?)

Start powershell

Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup “Remote Volume Management”
Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup “Windows Firewall Remote Management”
Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup “Remote Scheduled Tasks Management”
Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup “Remote Service Management”
Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup “Remote Event Log Management”
Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup “Windows Remote Management”


3 thoughts on “Windows 2012 R2 Core – Firewall Rules

    1. These should be good but it’s best to only open the ones you know you need. If that means turning them on/off by trial and error, it’s worth it. For secured internal networks, these rules generally open all the functionality I need for VDI, remote management, etc.

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