How to Add Computers to TrustedHosts List Using PowerShell
In PowerShell, the TrustedHosts list is used to specify remote computers that are trusted by the local computer. When you try to establish a remote PowerShell session to a computer that is not in the TrustedHosts list, you will get an error message stating that the remote computer is not recognized as a trusted host.
Enter-PSSession : Connecting to remote server vm2 failed with the following error message : The WinRM client cannot process the request. If the authentication scheme is different from Kerberos, or if the client computer is not joined to a domain, then HTTPS transport must be used or the destination machine must be added to the TrustedHosts configuration setting. Use winrm.cmd to configure TrustedHosts. Note that computers in the TrustedHosts list might not be authenticated. You can get more information about that by running the following command: winrm help config. For more information, see the about_Remote_Troubleshooting Help topic.
To avoid this error, you can add the remote computer to the TrustedHosts list using PowerShell. This is typically required when you are trying to establish a remote PowerShell session to a computer that is not in the same domain or workgroup as the local computer.
In this blog post, we will walk you through how to get list of TrustedHosts add computers to TrustedHosts list using PowerShell.
Get list of TrustedHosts
To get TrustedHosts list, you can use
Get-Item cmdlet and specify
WSMan provider path. The default value is empty.
Add all computers to the TrustedHosts list
To add computer to TrustedHosts list, you can use
Set-Item cmdlet and asterisk
* as wildcard.
Set-Item -Path WSMan:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts -Value *
Add specific computer to TrustedHosts list
To add a computer to TrustedHosts list, you can use
Set-Item cmdlet and specify computer name as value.
Set-Item -Path WSMan:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts -Value 'vm2'
Add all computers in a domain to TrustedHosts list
Similar to add all computers to TrustedHosts list, we need to append asterisk with domain name, for example
Set-Item -Path WSMan:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts *.byteinthesky.com
Add computer to existing TrustedHosts list
When you add new computer to existing TrustedHosts list, it will overwrite existing value. Therefore, you need to concatenate the new value as follows:
Set-Item -Path WSMan:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts -Value 'vm3' -Concatenate
Add IP Address to TrustedHosts list
You can also specify IP Address to be added to TrustedHosts list.
Set-Item -Path WSMan:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts -Value 184.108.40.206
To add computer to TrustedHosts list, we can use
Set-Item cmdlet and specify computer name to be added or using wildcard to add all computers. We can also get list of TrustedHosts using
Get-Item and specify
WSMan provider path.
However, it’s important to note that adding a computer to the TrustedHosts list can introduce a security risk, as it allows remote computers to connect to the local computer without any authentication. It’s recommended to use more secure methods of authentication and authorization, such as using certificates or domain-based authentication, whenever possible.