Enables the session configurations on the local computer.
Enable-PSSessionConfiguration [[-Name] [<String[]>]] [-Force] [-NoServiceRestart] [-SecurityDescriptorSddl[<String>]] [-SkipNetworkProfileCheck] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]

The Enable-PSSessionConfiguration cmdlet enables registered session configurations that have been disabled, such as by using the Disable-PSSessionConfiguration or Disable-PSRemoting cmdlets, or the AccessMode parameter of Register-PSSessionConfiguration. This is an advanced cmdlet that is designed to be used by system administrators to manage customized session configurations for their users.

Without parameters, Enable-PSSessionConfiguration enables the Microsoft.PowerShell configuration, which is the default configuration that is used for sessions.

Enable-PSSessionConfiguration removes the Deny_All setting from the security descriptor of the affected session configurations, turns on the listener that accepts requests on any IP address, and restarts the WinRM service. Beginning in Windows PowerShell 3.0, Enable-PSSessionConfiguration also sets the value of the Enabled property of the session configuration (WSMan:PlugInEnabled) to True. However, Enable-PSSessionConfiguration does not remove or change the Network_Deny_All (AccessMode=Local) security descriptor setting that allows only users of the local computer to use to the session configuration.

The Enable-PSSessionConfiguration cmdlet calls the Set-WSManQuickConfig cmdlet. However, it should not be used to enable remoting on the computer. Instead, use the more comprehensive cmdlet, Enable-PSRemoting.

-Force [<SwitchParameter>]

Indicates that the cmdlet does not prompt you for confirmation, and restarts the WinRM service without prompting. Restarting the service makes the configuration change effective.

To prevent a restart and suppress the restart prompt, use the NoServiceRestart parameter.

-Name [<String[]>]

Specifies the names of session configurations to enable. Enter one or more configuration names. Wildcard characters are permitted.

You can also pipe a string that contains a configuration name or a session configuration object to Enable-PSSessionConfiguration.

If you omit this parameter, Enable-PSSessionConfiguration enables the Microsoft.PowerShell session configuration.

-NoServiceRestart [<SwitchParameter>]

Indicates that the cmdlet does not restart the service.

-SecurityDescriptorSddl [<String>]

Specifies a security descriptor with which this cmdlet replaces the security descriptor on the session configuration.

If you omit this parameter, Enable-PSSessionConfiguration only deletes the deny all item from the security descriptor.

-SkipNetworkProfileCheck [<SwitchParameter>]

Indicates that this cmdlet enables the session configuration when the computer is on a public network. This parameter enables a firewall rule for public networks that allows remote access only from computers in the same local subnet. By default, Enable-PSSessionConfiguration fails on a public network.

This parameter is designed for client versions of the Windows operating system. By default, server versions of the Windows operating system have a local subnet firewall rule for public networks. However, if the local subnet firewall rule is disabled on a server version of the Windows operating system, this parameter re-enables it.

To remove the local subnet restriction and enable remote access from all locations on public networks, use the Set-NetFirewallRule cmdlet in the NetSecurity module.

This parameter was introduced in Windows PowerShell 3.0.

-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]

  • Default value is false

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.

-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]

  • Default value is false

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.


This cmdlet supports the common parameters: Verbose, Debug,ErrorAction, ErrorVariable, WarningAction, WarningVariable,OutBuffer, PipelineVariable, and OutVariable.


Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.PSSessionConfigurationCommands#PSSessionConfiguration, System.String

You can pipe a session configuration object or a string that contains the name of a session configuration to this cmdlet.



This cmdlet does not return any objects.

  1. Re-enable the default session:
    PS C:> Enable-PSSessionConfiguration

    This command re-enables the Microsoft.PowerShell default session configuration on the computer.

  2. Re-enable specified sessions:
    PS C:> Enable-PSSessionConfiguration -Name MaintenanceShell, AdminShell

    This command re-enables the MaintenanceShell and AdminShell session configurations on the computer.

  3. Re-enable the all sessions:
    PS C:> Enable-PSSessionConfiguration -Name *
    PS C:>  Get-PSSessionConfiguration | Enable-PSSessionConfiguration

    These commands re-enable all session configurations on the computer. The commands are equivalent. Therefore, you can use either.

    Enable-PSSessionConfiguration does not generate an error if you enable a session configuration that is already enabled.

  4. Re-enable a session and specify a new security descriptor:
    PS C:> Enable-PSSessionConfiguration -Name MaintenanceShell -SecurityDescriptorSDDL "O:NSG:BAD:P(A;;GXGWGR;;;BA)(A;;GAGR;;;S-1-5-21-123456789-188441444-3100496)S:P"

    This command re-enables the MaintenanceShell session configuration and specifies a new security descriptor for the configuration.

Additional Notes
 To run this cmdlet on Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and later versions of the Windows operating system, 
 you must start Windows PowerShell by using the Run as administrator option.
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