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

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

Upgrading Windows 8 clients to Windows 8.1 in Windows Server 2012 Essentials Environment

[This post comes to us courtesy of Manish Kapoor from Commercial Technical Support] If you have a Windows 8 client connected to a server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials using the Windows Server Essentials Connector and you upgrade it to Windows 8.1, you may experience the following issues after the upgrade is complete: a) On… Read more

Update Rollup 3 for Windows Server 2012 Essentials Available Now

The Update Rollup 3 for Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been released and is now available for download from Microsoft Update. You can read about the issues this rollup update addresses in Microsoft Support Knowledgebase 2862551. The client-side package for this update rollup is downloaded to the Windows Server 2012 Essentials along with this update… Read more

Update Rollup KB2855336 released for Windows Server 2012

Products which belong to Essentials and Small Business Server family might crash if virtualized on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host in the event that the host crashes or loses power. The active directory instance may become corrupted and might result in blue screen/bug check with error: c00002e2 Directory Services could not start because of the… Read more

Update Rollup 2 for Windows Server 2012 Essentials Available Now

The Update Rollup 2 for Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been released and is now available for download from Microsoft Update. You can read about the issues this rollup update addresses in Microsoft Support Knowledgebase 2824160. The client-side package for this update rollup is installed on all client computers automatically after you apply this update… Read more

Running DHCP Server on Windows Server 2012 Essentials

[This post comes to us courtesy of Rituraj Choudhary from Microsoft Commercial Technical Support] Windows Server 2012 Essentials is enabled to run on a network with the DHCP Server service running on the router. This blog post describes the method to configure DHCP Role on the Windows Server 2012 Essentials, if you prefer so. The… Read more

Windows Server Essentials Integration Module for Windows Azure Backup is Now Available

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Yang Cao and Ashish Sukhija] Hello everyone, we would like to update you on an Add-In software that is now available for Windows Server 2012 Essentials. We have updated the Windows Server Essentials integration module for Windows Azure Backup and is now available for download from the link… Read more

Update Rollup 1 for Windows Server 2012 Essentials Available Now

Windows Server 2012 Essentials Update Rollup 1 has been released today and is available for download from Microsoft Update. You can read about the issues this rollup update addresses in Microsoft Support Knowledgebase 2781267. In addition to the server-side update, a client-side update has been released as well. This update is documented in KB 2781268…. Read more

My Server Windows App for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Hi, my name is Clinton Ho, lead program manager on the Windows Server Essentials team. I’m proud to announce the availability of the My Server Windows app, available as a free download in the Windows Store. Similar to the My Server Windows Phone app, My Server Windows app is designed to help keep you seamlessly… Read more