ERROR: The RPC server is unavailable

When trying to perform some basic remote admin tasks you often get this error Sad smile

Solutions :

Review some typical issues and solutions for the “RPC server is unavailable” error:

  1. The remote computer may be blocked by the firewall.

Solution: Configure firewall properly.
NOTE. If you are using WIndows firewall, open the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in (gpedit.msc) to edit the Group Policy object (GPO) that is used to manage Windows Firewall settings in your organization.
Navigate to Computer Configuration – Administrative Templates – Network – Network Connections – Windows Firewall, and then open either Domain Profile or Standard Profile, depending on which profile you are using.
Enable the following exceptions: Allow Remote Administration Exception and Allow File and Printer Sharing Exception.

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  1. Hostname or IP address is wrong or the remote computer is shutdown.

Solution: Make sure that hostname and IP address. are correct, make sure the machine is turned on and reachable. Also make sure FQDN name is resolved to correct IP address.

 

  1. The Windows Management Instrumentation service is not running on the remote computer.

Solution: Verify that the Windows Management Instrumentation service is running and set to auto start after restart.

 

  1. The TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service is not running.

Solution: Verify that TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service is running and set to auto start after restart.

 

  1. The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is not running on the remote computer.

Solution: Verify that Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is running and set to auto start after restart.

To check that machine is reachable, perform the following steps:

  1. Log on a remote computer.
  2. Go to Start –> Run and  type eventvwr and click OK.
  3. Run Services.msc and select Connect To Another Computer.
  4. In the Select Computer dialog, type the name of the domain controller reporting the error in the Another Computer entry field. Click OK to connect to the domain controller. 
  5. Select Security log. The list should show you valid events.
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