Event Forwarding and Server Core

I setup Windows Event Forwarding on several servers to log to a Sever Core Event Collector server. I got the GPO setup and all. Since the collector is Core and has no option to open Event Viewer, I opened mmc.exe locally, and attached Event Viewer to remotely manage the Core server subscriptions. Once I was done, I tested it all and… nothing. The event source machines were throwing:

The forwarder is having a problem communicating with subscription manager at address http://collectingserver:5985/wsman/SubscriptionManager/WEC. Error code is 2150859027 and Error Message is The WinRM client sent a request to an HTTP server and got a response saying the requested HTTP URL was not available. This is usually returned by a HTTP server that does not support the WS-Management protocol.

Turns out, the Subscriptions section of Event Viewer never manages the remote computer even if you selected a remote computer when attaching the snap-in.

What finally clued me in, is I checked the collector build with PowerShell against the remote core server, and nothing popped up. The whole time I thought I was managing the core server, I had instead been setting up the collector on my own machine. So yeah, either use a local instance of the Event Viewer snap-in or wecutil.