Restore Server to Desktop – 2017 Edition

Mark Berry March 23, 2017

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, 2015, and 2016.

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Update Essentials Connector before Upgrading Windows 10

Mark Berry November 11, 2016

Almost a year ago, I wrote about how the Windows 10 Update Breaks 2012 R2 Essentials Connector.

I thought that was fixed if you install KB3172614 on your server as MS blogged here.

That’s not enough.

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Can’t Remove Essentials Computer

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.

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ServerCeipAssistant Task Incorrectly Formatted XML

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.

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Restore Server 2012 R2 to a ThinkCentre M93p Desktop, Take 3

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.

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HitmanPro.Alert Slows Software Protection Service

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.

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Windows 10 Update Breaks 2012 R2 Essentials Connector

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.

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HitmanPro.Alert Blocks .NET 3.5 Install

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.

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