As you know, compatibility with the application server function was removed from Windows Server 2016. In this post, I will show you how to manually enable COM+ remote access in your Windows Server 2016 using Windows PowerShell and the Registry Editor.

First, you should enable COM Network Access in Windows Firewall. To do this, open Windows PowerShell as administrator and run the following command:


-profile : Specifies one or more profiles to which the rule is assigned. The acceptable values for this parameter are Any, Domain, Private, Public, or NotApplicable.

And then you should set the registry value that allows COM + remote access. To do this, open The Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and locate the following subkey:

In the right pane, Double-click on the RemoteAccessEnabled DWORD and set 1 in the value box. Finally, click OK to save the change and close the dialog box.

COM+ Windows Server 2016

Important: you must restart the server in order for the changes to be applied correctly.

If you want to know more about Features Removed or Deprecated in Windows Server 2016, check out this link: