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.More...
Mark Berry October 24, 2016
I was having trouble removing a computer from the Essentials 2012 R2 dashboard. Can’t recall the error but I do recall the entire dashboard crashing.
I found this thread on the dashboard crashing.
Which led to this TechNet article on uninstalling update KB3102467 to get rid of .NET 4.6.1. The article was written due to an incompatibility with Microsoft Exchange but includes general info on removing .NET 4.6.1. As of October 2016, this article says blocking .NET 4.6.1 is no longer needed. Not sure if that applies to the dashboard crashing issue or not.
Which led to KB3133990 about how to block future installation of .NET 4.6.1.
With .NET 4.6.1 removed and blocked, I was able to remove the computer.More...
Mark Berry August 6, 2016
On my Server 2012R2 Essentials machine, I wasn’t participating in the Customer Experience Improvement Program, but there is a scheduled task for it anyway—one that suddenly started throwing an error every time I opened the Task Scheduler.More...
Mark Berry February 16, 2016
Once a year, I test restoring a server to a desktop. The server is backed up with standard Windows Backup. The idea is to confirm that if the server went down, I could quickly restore to one of the customer’s desktops as a temporary solution while the server is repaired or replaced. This is also an interesting test of how well Windows Backup handles restoring to different hardware. Previous tests are blogged in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.More...
Mark Berry January 1, 2016
On one Windows Server 2012R2 Essentials machine, the Software Protection Service, which runs once an hour or so to verify licenses, was usually failing to start within 30 seconds, raising a Service Control Manager 7000 error in the System event log.More...
Mark Berry November 28, 2015
If you have a Windows 10 machine connected to an Essentials 2012 R2 server and you apply the Windows 10 November update (1511), all Essentials connections will be lost.More...
Mark Berry February 27, 2015
On a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials machine, I wanted to install .NET 3.5, but it kept failing with “Access Denied” whether I did it from the Server Manager or using a dism command.More...
Mark Berry February 6, 2015
Time for my annual test of restoring a server to a desktop. This year is almost identical to last year, but I want to have one list of steps, so I’ll repeat much of that text.More...
Mark Berry November 3, 2014
In the U.S., daylight savings time started on November 2 at 2:00am. Which means that at 2:00am, it was suddenly 1:00am. At that moment, Essentials lost its ability to send email.More...
Mark Berry October 14, 2014
On a Server 2012 R2 machine, I couldn’t figure out why WiniInit.exe, which loads at Windows startup, was using port 5000, which I wanted to use for an application. My understanding, e.g. from this thread, was that WinInit was supposed to use the first dynamic port. And this machine has the standard dynamic range starting at 49152:
C:\>netsh int ipv4 show dynamicport tcp
Protocol tcp Dynamic Port Range
Start Port : 49152
Number of Ports : 16348
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