"Could not find file "\\{servername}\admin$\{GUID}.xml" error when adding a server

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  • 27-Mar-2006
  • 27-Apr-2012


Applies to:  PowerRecon 2.0 and higher



This article discusses information regarding the following error message that may appear when attempting to add a machine to the inventory:

"Could not find file "\\<servername>\admin$\<servername_randomID>.xml"





This error will is most likely to occur when attempting to add a Windows NT 4.0 Server with an older version of WMI Core installed to the PowerRecon inventory.  To verify the version of WMI installed on the server, please check the following:

Also, in some cases, reinstalling WMI 1.5 may also resolve the issue. 


NOTE:  If this error still occurs is occurring when attempting to add a Windows 2000/2003 Server or after installing WMI 1.5 on your Windows NT 4.0 Server, please use the recommended solution below:


  1. Please ensure that you can remotely access the Admin$ share of the machine you are attempting to add from the PowerRecon server, if you can - proceed to step 2, if not - please enable the share and try the discovery again
  2. Navigate to the C:\Program Files\PlateSpin PowerRecon 2.0 Server\Web\Inventory directory
  3. Using a text editor, open the web.config file
  4. In the web.config file, the following entry is located near the end of the file:

    <add key= "ForceMachineDiscoveryUsingService" value="false" />

    Change the value in this line so that it is set to "true" instead:

    <add key="ForceMachineDiscoveryUsingService" value="true " />

  5. Save the changes to the web.config file
  6. Re-run the job to add the server to the PowerRecon Inventory.