So You Want to Remotely Manage a Computer From Another on Different Workgroups/Domains?
Posted by Russell Wright on November 4, 2013
Let’s say you have a Windows 7 computer, A, which is not in a domain, but simply in a workgroup at home.
Let’s say you have a Windows server, B, which is a VM host but not in a domain.
Let’s also say you have network connectivity between the two.
If you want to run the compmgmt.msc mmc snap-in and manage computer B from computer A try this:
- Open an administrative command prompt on computer A (shift right-click, Run As Administrator)
- Type the following Runas command: runas /noprofile /netonly /user:ComputerB\administrator “mmc comp
- You should be prompted for your administrative password on computer B.
- When computer management opens, select Action | Connect to another computer from the menu.
Now you can also turn this into a desktop shortcut and automatically connect to the remote computer using this adjustment to the command line:
runas /noprofile /netonly /user:ComputerB\administrator “mmc comp mgmt.msc /computer:\\ComputerB”
You should be good to go…at least I was.