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Remotely Enable RemoteRegistry Service Using Powershell

Time and time again you may have the need to access something in a remote computer’s registry. This recently was the case for me so I decided to script it up and put it in a function. If you need to Remotely Enable RemoteRegistry Service than take a few minutes to copy this script and save it to the location of your choice. This script uses the CimInstance to see if the service is auto started, running or disabled and needs to be enabled.

I should note that since this script is using CIM cmdlets you need to enable PSRemoting on client Operating Systems such as Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. This will not work on a Windows 7 machine with Powershell 2.0 since CIM cmdlets were introduced with Version 3.0. If you want to use it on client computers and older operating systems, switch Get-CimInstance with Get-WmiObject…

Remotely Enable RemoteRegistry with Powershell

#requires -RunAsAdministrator
#requires -Version 3.0

Function Enable-RemoteRegistry {
<#
.Synopsis
    This will enable the remote registry service on local or remote computers.
    For updated help and examples refer to -Online version.
 

.DESCRIPTION
    This will enable the remote registry service on local or remote computers.
    For updated help and examples refer to -Online version.


.NOTES   
    Name: Enable-RemoteRegistry
    Author: The Sysadmin Channel
    Version: 1.0
    DateCreated: 2018-Jun-21
    DateUpdated: 2018-Jun-21

.LINK
    https://thesysadminchannel.com/remotely-enable-remoteregistry-service-powershell -


.EXAMPLE
    For updated help and examples refer to -Online version.

#>

    [CmdletBinding()]
    param(
        [Parameter(
            ValueFromPipeline=$true,
            ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName=$true,
            Position=0)]

        [string[]]  $ComputerName = $env:COMPUTERNAME
    )


    BEGIN {}

    PROCESS {
        Foreach ($Computer in $ComputerName) {
            try {
                $RemoteRegistry = Get-CimInstance -Class Win32_Service -ComputerName $Computer -Filter 'Name = "RemoteRegistry"' -ErrorAction Stop
                if ($RemoteRegistry.State -eq 'Running') {
                    Write-Output "$Computer is already Enabled"
                }

                if ($RemoteRegistry.StartMode -eq 'Disabled') {
                    Set-Service -Name RemoteRegistry -ComputerName $Computer -StartupType Manual -ErrorAction Stop
                    Write-Output "$Computer : Remote Registry has been Enabled"
                }

                if ($RemoteRegistry.State -eq 'Stopped') {
                    Start-Service -InputObject (Get-Service -Name RemoteRegistry -ComputerName $Computer) -ErrorAction Stop
                    Write-Output "$Computer : Remote Registry has been Started"
                }

            } catch {
                $ErrorMessage = $Computer + " Error: " + $_.Exception.Message

            }
        }
    }

    END {}

}

Once you dot source the function and run the command with a specified computer name it will respond with either, the service is already running, the service has been enabled and/or the service has been started.

Enable-RemoteRegistry -ComputerName PAC-SCCM01
 

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Remotely Enable RemoteRegistry Service Using Powershell
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Paul Contreras

Hi, my name is Paul and I am a Sysadmin who enjoys working on various technologies from Microsoft, VMWare, Cisco and many others. Join me as I document my trials and tribulations of the daily grind of System Administration.