Earlier today I needed to administer a Windows Server remotely, using a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. Unfortunately, the computer I was using was in one domain and the remote server was in a workgroup, meaning that many of the MMC operations failed due to security issues. I tried running MMC as the administrator for the remote machine (using
runas /user:remotecomputername\username mmc) but kept on getting a message that indicated an authentication failure:
RUNAS ERROR: Unable to run – mmc
1311: There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request.
Then I found out about an obscure switch for the
runas command –
/netonly, used to indicate that the supplied credentials are for remote access only. By changing my command to:
runas /netonly /user:remotecomputername\username mmc