Connecting with the console to ConfigMgr 2012 in a different domain

As a Consultant I often need to connect with my own company laptop to a network of the customer, from there I want to of course manage their Configuration Manager 2012 environment via my locally installed Configuration Manager Console. But this is not always working, a quick workaround and note to myself 😉

In most cases when I start the Console using the “Run as different User” method I receive the error “The security database on the server does not have a computer account for this workstation trust relationship.”, which is true because my laptop is a member of a different domain.


Run as different user


Error logging in.

One solution for this problem is use the runas command while starting for instance the command box in which you can start the Configuration Manager Console.

  1. runas /netonly /user:domain-cust.localpeter cmd
  2. Provide password
  3. Start the console from <drive>:Program FilesMicrosoft Configuration ManagerAdminConsolebinMicrosoft.ConfigurationManager.exe and connect to the site you want to connect to.

A better solution is to create a Shortcut with the following target:

  • C:WindowsSystem32runas.exe /user: domain-cust.localpeter /netonly /noprofile “C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft Configuration ManagerAdminConsolebinMicrosoft.ConfigurationManagement.exe”
Create a shortcut that points to the Configuration Manager 2012 Console
  • Provide password
Provide the password
  • Supply the right site to connect
Connect to the right Configuration Manager 2012 site

Till next time



  1. Deceptively simple but very effective in a multi domain environment. Thanks for the tip

  2. Hi,
    How do you install your SCCM console without specifying any site ?
    I have installed mine but the /noprofile doesn’t seem to make it as it always tried to connect to the first entered site I specify during installation.

  3. Hello Peter.

    Thanks for this post. This helps me a lot.
    I connected to server on untrusted (domain) SCCM but I`m not able to see Reports in console. Is it normal ?


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