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Create a WinRM listener for AppInsight for IIS

When AppInsight for IIS is configured for target servers, port 5968 is used as the WinRM HTTPS listening port, by default. If you receive an "HTTPS listener currently exists on port 5986" message, follow these steps to switch the listening port to an available port.

  1. To configure WinRM on an IIS server, open an elevated Windows PowerShell command prompt; run PowerShell as an administrator.
  2. Copy the following text to a text editor:
    winrm create winrm/config/listener?Address=*+Transport=HTTPS @{Port="5986";CertificateThumbprint="<Thumbprint value of certificate>";​Hostname="<IP Address of Server>_Solarwinds_Zero_Configuration"}

    This statement binds the certificate to the WinRM listener, using a wildcard symbol ("*") for Address to allow listening on all available local addresses. Syntax may vary based on usage inside of PowerShell or the Administrative Command prompt.

    Port is the port number for the listener. The default port for WinRM is 5986, but you can change it, if necessary.

    For <Thumbprint value of certificate>, paste the self-signed certificate thumbprint, without spaces. See Retrieve the Thumbprint of a Certificate (© 2020 Microsoft Corp, available at docs.microsoft.com, obtained on October 29, 2020.)


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  3. Copy the text, paste it into the PowerShell command line, and press Enter. Results should look something like this:


  1. To verify the configuration, type winrm get winrm/config/listener?Address=*+Transport=HTTPS.
  2. Press Enter.
  3. Results should look something like this:

The following log file contains information and errors related to the WinRM configuration process: C:\ProgramData\Solarwinds\Logs\APM\RunWinRMConfigurator.log

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