Access is Denied when attempting to connect to remote Event Viewer

In group policy for the computer with this issue, disable the option: ‘Microsoft network client: Digitally sign communications (always)’.  Follow these steps:

Globally: On a Domain Controller (instructions from a Server 2008 Environment):

  1. Go to Start > Run and type gpmc.msc
  2. select Default Domain Policy, right click and select Edit…
  3. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
  4. Double-Click Microsoft network client: Digitally sign communications (always) and select Disabled.
  5. Open a command prompt and type gpupdate /force. You may need to repeat this step on any affected target machines, or reboot the devices.

​Locally: On a target device with connection issues:

  1. Go to Start > Run and type gpmc.msc
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.
  3. Double-Click Microsoft network client: Digitally sign communications (always) and select Disabled.
  4. Open a command prompt and type gpupdate /force.