Changes implemented by Essentials Role on Windows Server 2012 R2

[This post comes to us courtesy of Sandeep Biswas and Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] Today we will discuss about the changes made to the server when the Essentials Experience role is installed and configured on a Windows Server 2012 R2 machine in an existing Active Directory domain. The Essentials role requires the following… Read more

Client Connector availability with Windows Home Server, Small Business Server and Windows Server Essentials for Supported Client OS

[This post comes to us courtesy of Schumann GE from Product Group, Sabir Chandwale and Sandeep Biswas from Global Business Support] [This post is updated on October 21, 2015] In today’s post we will discuss about the client connector availability for supported client OS joined to the following Server OS:  Windows Home Server 2011 Small… Read more

Client Connector support for Windows 10 with future updates

[This post comes to us courtesy of Schumann GE from Product Group and Sandeep Biswas from Global Business Support] The first major update for Windows 10 is now available for PCs and tablets. With this update, there are improvements in all aspects of the platform and experience. The latest update of Windows 10 is full… Read more

Configuring Microsoft Azure Online Backup on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

[This post comes to us courtesy of Sabir Chandwale and Sandeep Biswas from Global Business Support] Microsoft Azure Backup is a cloud-based backup solution that enables online backup and restore of important data to help protect against loss and corruption. This feature can be comfortably integrated to the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard. Here are some… Read more

Windows Server 2012 Essentials/R2 Essentials may fail to integrate with Microsoft Office 365

[This post comes to us courtesy of Sabir Chandwale and Sandeep Biswas from Global Business Support] We have discovered a new issue with Microsoft Office 365 Dashboard integration on Windows Server Essentials (2012 and 2012 R2 both). The Integrate with Microsoft Office 365 wizard fails with the following error: The Application event log shows the… Read more

Subscribing to the New Experience for Power BI breaks Office 365 Integration in Windows Server Essentials

[This post comes to us courtesy of Sandeep Biswas and Sabir Chandwale from Global Business Support] We have recently come across an issue where Office 365 Integration breaks on Windows Server Essentials. After investigating the issue, we determined that the Windows Server Essentials Email Service does not start and crashes if we attempt to start… Read more

The MS15-10 Security Update for Windows Server 2012/R2 Essentials and the Client Restore Functionality

[This post comes to us courtesy of Sabir Chandwale from Global Business Support] When we try to restore files and folders for a client connected to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server 2012 using dashboard, the “Restore Files and Folders” Wizard stops functioning as shown below. In the Event Viewer, we get the… Read more

Windows Server Essentials 2012/2012 R2 Log Files

[This post comes to us courtesy of Swapnil Rane from Commercial Technical Support] This post will reduce your efforts to identify which log to refer to and where to find it. This can be very useful when you are troubleshooting issues on an Essentials server. We have compiled a list of important logs and their… Read more

Announcing the availability of enabling Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials’ integration of Microsoft online services in environments with multiple domain controllers

In Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2, all of our online services integration features, including Azure Active Directory and Office 365, are supported only in environments that have a single domain controller. In environments with more than one domain controller, integration of these services is blocked due limitations in the user account and password synchronization mechanism… Read more

How to enable verbose logging for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Essentials

[This post comes to us courtesy of Swapnil Rane and Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] This post explains how to increase the logging level for the individual components of Server Essentials role for troubleshooting purposes. In order to accomplish this, we need to modify the Logging.config file. This file can be located at C:\Program… Read more