Mark Berry November 11, 2016
Almost a year ago, I wrote about how the Windows 10 Update Breaks 2012 R2 Essentials Connector.
That’s not enough.
Recently a Windows 10 Home machine applied the 1607 anniversary update. The Essentials connector was gone again.
The short answer: after applying KB3172614 to the server, you need to go to each Windows 10 machine, uninstall the Essentials Connector, then go to http://server/connect to download and re-install the Essentials Connector.
The Old Way: KB Article
Robert Pearman explained in July what was going on. The old connector was a KB article, which gets clobbered when you install a Windows 10 upgrade. If you have this connector, on the client PC, the Launchpad “About” will show version 10.0 (Build 10240) Copyright 2015:
The list of installed updates will include “Windows Server Essentials Connector”:
The list of installed programs will not include “Client Connector for Windows Server Essentials”:
The New Way: Standalone Program
In my test, over-installing the connector (i.e. without uninstalling first) was not enough. So first, from the list of installed updates shown above, uninstall the Windows Server Essentials Connector. Note this does require a restart but does not remove your computer from the domain (if it’s on one), but it does change your NIC to use DHCP for DNS. That means in a default setup, your machine will behave as if away from the office and will not be using the server for DNS. That should be okay for as long as this takes you.
Next, go to your server’s http://server/connect page, download the connector, and install it. When you finish the wizard, it will tell you you will be logged off, but you won’t be. Your NIC has the fixed IP of your server for DNS again. When I checked backup items from the server dashboard, the settings had been retained from the earlier connector.
The Launchpad “About” will show version 10.0 (Build 0) Copyright 2015:
The list of installed programs now includes “Client Connector for Windows Server Essentials” version 6.2.9805.10:
After that, when you apply a Windows 10 upgrade like the 1607 Anniversary Upgrade, the Essentials Connector will stay installed.
Note Robert’s article includes workarounds for two new issues associated with the 1607 release.