Configuring PowerShell Web Access

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Ever realized that Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 has the PowerShell feature that can be run from Web Browser? YES it has that feature. Following is a screenshot of that:

powershell-wa

Now first thing you have to do is to issue the following command in your server (install the windows feature cmdlet):

Install-WindowsFeature WindowsPowerShellWebAccess –IncludeManagementTools

now add the web application and other required IIS components for PSWA by issuing the following command:

Install-PswaWebApplication –WebApplicationName “pswagateway” –UseTestCertificate

At this stage you should get a certificate warning for using a temp certificate, it would expire in ninety days 🙂 Pls do remember this is by default HTTPS, and this configuration is not the end of the power of PowerShell. But this should be run in a test environment, NOT to be run in a production environment. You can also configure destination computer access connection type:

  • Configuration Type
  • SSL
  • Port Number
  • Application Name

within the same form-based authentication menu. Please remember by default, PSWA uses the ‘Default Web Site’ in IIS. And do use a valid certificate for this process to last.

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