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Troubleshoot "Access Denied" errors in Patch Manager

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Troubleshoot Access Denied error messages when trying to connect Patch Manager to a remote computer. These errors occur when deploying updates to remote computers or executing other tasks on a remote computer, such as, when opening Computer Explorer.


All Patch Manager versions


These errors signify mounting or permissions issues.



  • Verify that you can ping the remote computer by name from the Patch Manager server.
  • Verify that the account specified in the error is a local administrator on the remote computer.
  • Verify that you can connect to the remote computer's admin$ share with the account specified in the error.


  1. Open a command prompt on the Patch Manager server.


  2. Run net use z: \\remoteComputer\admin$ /user:domain\username password

    remoteComputer is the remote computer's name

    domain is the domain for the account specified in the error

    username is the account specified in the error

    password is the password for the account specified in the error


  3. If the command returns the following error: The server is not configured for remote administration, check the following:

    • Make sure that the File and Print Sharing option is enabled on the remote computer by opening port 445 TCP/UDP on the computer's firewall for communication from the Patch Manager server. 

    • Your group policy allows your account to access the computer from the network (open the Group Policy editor and go to Computer configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > user rights assignment > access this computer from the network).


  4. If the command returns Error 1326, configure the remote computer to use the Classic sharing and security model:
    1. Open the computer's Local Security Settings.

    2. Expand Local Policies, and then select Security Options.

    3. Select Network access: Sharing and security model for local accounts, and then click Action > Properties.

    4. Select Classic - local users authenticate as themselves from the menu, and then click OK.
  5. Rerun the net use command if necessary.




Verify that you can make a WMI connection to the remote computer using wbemtestwbemtest.png

  1. Launch wbemtest.exe from the Patch Manager server using a command prompt or the Run dialog.


  2. Click Connect.


  3. On the Namespace field, enter \\remoteComputer\root\default wbemtest3.png
    where remoteComputer is the remote computer's name.

  4. Enter the credentials for the account specified in the error in the Credentials section.


  5. Click Connect.




Troubleshooting the WMI connection to the remote computer:


  1. Make sure that the firewall on the remote computer is not blocking the connection:

    1. If permissible, disable the firewall on the remote computer and test the connection again.

    2. Open the ports necessary to establish communication from the Patch Manager server to remote computers.


  2. Enable DCOM on the remote computer:

    1. On the remote computer, launch dcomcnfg using a command prompt or the Run dialog.

    2. In the navigation pane, expand Component Services > Computer and then click My Computer.

    3. Click the Action menu, and then select Properties.

    4. Click the Default Properties tab.

    5. Select Enable Distributed COM on this computer if necessary.

    6. Click OK.


  3. If the remote computer is running Windows XP, disable the simple file sharing option:

    1. Click Start > My Computer on the remote computer.

    2. Click the Tools menu, and then select Folder Options.

    3. Click View.

    4. Under Advanced settings, clear Use simple file sharing (Recommended) at the bottom of the list.

    5. Click OK.

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