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WMI not connecting to Windows workstations through group policy

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If you’re experiencing issues with WMI not connecting to your Windows workstations and servers as expected through your group policy, it could be that you require an organizational unit (OU).

Note: These instructions are written for Windows Server 2012 R2. If you're using an older version of Windows Server, your steps and the labels you see may vary.

How to create an organizational unit

  1. From the start menu, open Control Panel.
  2. Select Administrative Tools.
  3. Select Active Directory Users and Computers.
  4. From the menu tree, click [your domain's name].
  5. Right-click and select New > Organization Unit.
  6. Enter a name for the organizational unit.
  7. Click OK. 

Now, add all of your Windows workstations to your newly created OU:

  1. Right click on the new organizational unit.
  2. Point to New, then click Computer.
  3. Enter the name of the workstation you’d like to add.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Repeat steps 1-5 until you’ve added all computers.

 Now you need to link the WMI group policy to the new organizational unit:

  1. From the start menu, open Control Panel.
  2. Select Administrative Tools.
  3. Select Group Policy Management.
  4. From the menu tree, click the new organizational unit.
  5. Right-click and select Link an Existing GPO.
  6. Select the group policies WMI.
  7. Click OK.

Your Windows workstations and servers should now connect to WMI as expected.

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