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windows authentication using winrm and certificate from linux

asked 2020-08-10 09:55:17 +0300

Prakash gravatar image


I found the below article that gives explanation on authenticating windows machine using winrm with pfx certificate. This works well for windows client using powershell.

Is there any document on how to connect from linux. pfx certificate doesn't work when connected from linux using pywinrm or ansible. It gives unreachable error.

Regards Prakash

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answered 2020-08-11 19:53:23 +0300

Prakash gravatar image

Thanks. I had to convert pfx to pem certificate and then able to use from ansible in linux. Unlike windows, ansible on linux requires both public and private key to connect.

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answered 2020-08-10 12:00:48 +0300

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'Unreachable error' can appear because of a wrong port that you are trying to connect (use port 5986). Or the Linux client box from where you try does not proper network connectivity to the Windows one, or the Windows one has an external firewall.

You can also try an updated wsmancmd from .

Thank you.

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