For a long time now I'm trying to find out how to remotely manage an EC2 machine with Powershell.It finally worked. Here is how:
- Start a new Windows Server 2008 EC2 instance. Keep the machine name, public DNS name and password for your EC2 machine handy. You'll need it later.
- Configure your Security Groups (which are firewall rules in essence) to allow connections to port 5985.
- Connect to it and install PowerShell 2.0 for Windows Server 2008. Reboot.
- After the reboot I pretty much followed this walkthrough. Here the short version:
a) Run Enable-PSRemoting –force on your EC2 machine; elevated of course.
b) On the client, assuming it's Win7 runthe following Powershell commands:
Set-ItemProperty –Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System –Name LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy –Value 1 –Type DWord
Set-Item WSMan:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts –Value <Public DNS Name of your EC2 machine> -Force -Concatenate
- You are ready to go. Connect from your client to EC2 with the New-PSSession cmdlet, for example:
New-PSSession -credential <machine name of your EC2 machine>\Administrator -computername <Public DNS Name of your EC2 machine>
- To execute commands on your EC2 machine I used the Enter-PSSession cmdlet, for example:
Enter-PSSession <id returned by New-PSSession>
- After this you'll have a command-line on your EC2 machine.