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How to Enable/Disable WSMan Monitoring Capabilities in Onsite Manager

With the release of Managed Workplace 2013 R1 FP3 a new means of monitoring WMI was implemented using the Web Service Management protocol.  Previously, WMI was accessed over DCOM, which could result in memory leaks and performance issues.

In some cases there may be a desire to disable the Onsite Managers capabilities to utilize WSMan for monitoring WMI. The instructions below describe how to enable or disable these capabilities on Onsite Managers only and these instructions are completely independent of group policy applications or other configurations for the WSMan components on the end devices under monitoring.

Note: The configuration settings below may only exists once in the Onsite Manager configuration file.

To Disable WSMan

  1. Open the Onsite Manager config file in notepad:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Level Platforms\Onsite Manager\Bin\MWExpertSystem.exe.config
    Note: We recommend creating a backup of this file prior to making modifications
  2. Then locate the following line:
    <!--<add key="WmiUseDcom" value="false" />-->
  3. Either edit the existing line, or add a new one below it to add the following:
    <add key="WmiUseDcom" value="true" />
  4. Restart the MWExpertSystem service.

To Enable WSMan

The steps below are only necessary if you have previously disabled WSMan:

  1. Open the Onsite Manager config file in notepad:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Level Platforms\Onsite Manager\Bin\MWExpertSystem.exe.config
    Note: We recommend creating a backup of this file prior to making modifications
  2. Then locate the following line:
    <add key="WmiUseDcom" value="true" />
  3. Then remove the line, or edit the line to comment it out like the below example:
    <!--<add key="WmiUseDcom" value="true" />-->
  4. Restart the MWExpertSystem service.
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