I was installing Exchange 2010 on a new Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine, but could not get past the installer’s system checks, receiving the follow error message:
[server.mydomain.local] Connecting to remote server failed with the following error message : The client cannot connect to the destination specified in the request. Verify that the service on the destination is running and is accepting requests. Consult the logs and documentation for the WS-Management service running on the destination, most commonly IIS or WinRM. If the destination is the WinRM service, run the following command on the destination to analyze and configure the WinRM service: “winrm quickconfig”. For more information, see the about_Remote_Troubleshooting Help topic.
+ CategoryInfo : OpenError: (System.Manageme….RemoteRunspace:RemoteRunspace) , PSRemotingTransportException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : PSSessionOpenFailed
The error message itself has almost nothing to do with the actual cause of the problem. After a lot of Googling I found a post on the TechNet forums from someone who had the same error message, albeit caused by a different problem.
Eventually I figured out that the Server Manager feature installer wizard hadn’t installed the full selection of .NET 3.5.1 Features. After installing the entire sub-tree, the Exchange 2010 installation proceeded without any further problems.
Microsoft have now been kind enough to add automatic feature installation to the installer for Exchange Server 2010 SP1, which should help alleviate this kind of problem in future