Windows Remote Management (WinRM ) is a service that allows the execution of queries and commands remotely from other Windows devices. Just like SSH or Remote Terminal, WinRM is for administrators in a managed domain environment very useful. In this guide, you will learn how to resolve “WSManFault Message 2144108526 0x80338012: Fix the client cannot connect to the destination specified in the request”. Please see how to fix WinRM cannot complete the operation, verify that the specified computer name is valid, and Cannot find the computer: Fix the following error occurred while using Kerberos authentication.
By default, WinRM is enabled on Windows Server, but not enabled on Windows clients. However, an administrator can control the feature by enabling it using Group Policy as well. Here is a guide on Request timed out and Destination Host Unreachable, Transit Failed, General Failure.
Reason for the Error “The client cannot connect to the destination specified in the request”
The following error message clearly states that the WinRM service isn’t running and configured on the client (Windows 11 device).
WSManFault Message = The client cannot connect to the destination specified in the request. Verify that the service on the destination is running and is accepting requests. Consult the logs and documentation for the WS-Management service running on the destination, most commonly IIS or WinRM. If the destination is the WinRM service, run the following command on the destination to analyze and configure the WinRM service: "winrm quickconfig".
Enable WinRM on Windows Client
The solution for WSManFault Message Number: -2144108526 0x80338012 is to enable WinRM. To enable and configure the WinRM service on Windows, it is enough to run this command below since is not enabled by default on client PCs.
Kindly accept the following changes as shown below by enter the letter “Y”. This will ensure the services are started, enable the WinRM firewall exception etc.
PowerShell Remote Command
Alternatively, you could also use the “
Enable-PSRemoting –Force” command to enable the services. If you wish to read more on PSRemoting. Please see this article: WinRM and PSRemoting: How to configure servers for remote access.
The Enable-PSRemoting cmdlet configures the computer to receive PowerShell remote commands that are sent by using the WS-Management technology.
I hope you found this blog post helpful in resolving this issue “WSManFault Message 2144108526 0x80338012: Fix the client cannot connect to the destination specified in the request”. Please let me know in the comment section if you have any questions.