|Windows PowerShell Web Access Gateway Architecture|
Windows PowerShell Web Access is a new feature in Windows Server 2012. It is an IIS application that provides a Windows PowerShell console in a web browser. The IIS application acts as a gateway between the web browser and the machines that you can connect to in your environment. These machines should have Windows PowerShell remoting enabled.
There are a number of resources that explain how to configure PowerShell Web Access, including this video. I want to tell you how to do it in as few steps as possible.
The following is all done from an elevated PowerShell window of the Windows 2012 server you want to install PWA on.
1. Import the Server Manager PowerShell module and install the Windows PowerShell Web Access feature
Install-WindowsFeature -Name WindowsPowerShellWebAccess -IncludeManagementTools
2. Install the Web Application in IIS
Add the -UseTestCertificate parameter if you don’t already have an SSL certificate installed on the server. This will install a self-signed SSL certificate that will expire in 90 days.
To use an existing SSL certificate, make sure it is configured in Bindings on the Website to use that certificate.
3. Configure Authorization Rules
Add-PswaAuthorizationRule -UserName domain\username -ComputerName * -ConfigurationName *
This Authorization Rule will allow the specified account to connect to any computer with any configuration name.
If you are installing on a workgroup server substitute the computer name for domain.
That's all there is to it!
You can access Windows PowerShell Web Access from Internet Explore using the following URL: https://servername/pswa
|Windows PowerShell Web Access Login|
A Windows PowerShell window will open in your IE browser, connected to the computer you targeted.
As mentioned above, the target computer must have Windows PowerShell remoting enabled. You can do this by running the following command from an elevated PowerShell prompt: