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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