Remote WMI

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Many of the Right Click Tool utilize remote WMI to gather information and perform ConfigMgr client actions on devices. WMI is not allowed through the Windows firewall by default, but can be easily enabled with Group Policy. When configuring your clients to work with the Recast Enterprise Tools, Remote Registry should also be enabled, and ICMP Echo can be enabled to speed up actions for computers that are offline.

Enable Remote WMI in the Firewall

  1. To enable Remote WMI, open Group Policy Management Console, create a new GPO, and browse to Computer Configuration - Policies - Security Settings - Windows Firewall with Advanced Security - Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. Right click on Inbound Rules and choose New Rule. In the New Inbound Rule Wizard, choose Predefined and select Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) from the dropdown. Click Next.


  2. On the Predefined Rules page, click Next.


  3. On the Action page, choose Allow the connection and click Finish.


Tools that use Remote WMI

Right Click Tools Device / Collection Actions
Client Actions
Application Deployment Evaluation Cycle True
Discovery Data Collection Cycle True
File Collection Cycle True
Hardware Inventory Cycle True
Machine Policy Retrieval and Evaluation Cycle True
Send Unsent State Messages True
Software Inventory Cycle True
Software Metering Usage Report Cycle True
Software Updates Deployment Evaluation Cycle True
Software Updates Scan Cycle True
State Message Cache Cleanup True
Windows Installer Source List Update Cycle True
Client Tools
Add Computers to Collection False
Change Cache Size True
Clear Cache True
Client Information True
Open Client Installation Log Folder False
Open Client Log Folder False
Rerun Advertisement True
Restart SMS Agent Host Service True
Run Client Check True
Show Collections - Advanced False
Repair Client True
Uninstall Client True
Console Tools
AD Security Groups False
AD Bitlocker Recovery Keys False
Connect to C$ False
Group Policy Update True
Interactive PowerShell Prompt True
Manage Computer False
Open Regedit False
Ping System False
Run PowerShell Script False
Running Processes True
System Information True
Wake On LAN False
Cancel Pending Restart or Shutdown True
Schedule Restart or Shutdown True
Restart System True
Shutdown System True
Personal tools