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SO what to do now a destroyed system because startet restore interupted with the read error. No running server any more and every client in home is asking for the server network drives. So why not use the new with the functions i need. Could you please help me? Sorry to hear about the corruption of your backup data. Since you mentioned that you are using the ADK method to extract the source files from the install.

Mike i used now your wsee. Every thing works now, as it should. So I think your installer works with International versions without a problem. Only thing I ask me is what happens when Microsoft release a new big update. Sometimes it use the same inplace routine like the upgrade from to Will the wsee role then every time be deleted?

We see in future. I assume that you must of been most of the way there with your manual install attempt, and that the MSI simply got you past whatever was missing and hanging you up on the last step. However, if I get enough requests, I may incorporate the required files for other languages as well starting with German since it seems to be the most popular language for our customers other than English that is. Instead, it should just be treated as any other installed.

NET application would be and survive the upgrade process intact. However, whether all of the required server roles, etc. Also, WSEE from Windows Server would be getting pretty long in the tooth by then, and so maybe it would indeed be time to move on to some other solution at that point. Who knows though. No did not mean a version upgrade of Windows like to , mean a partial update like the fall creators update. This also installs a new image of windows but same version of windows like befor.

Spent allready the last night Hours in front of my Server, to restore every thing drive pools etc. OS Build And, all that needs to be done in order to update an older WSEE install running on Windows Server is to simply overwrite those two files with their newer versions. Easy peasy! Thanks for such a useful guide! I did an in-place upgrade to Server yesterday and found out very quickly that the Essentials role was not included.

I just wanted to add something which I hope will assist someone in the same boat as me. I already had a pre-configured domain and did not want to pick that apart or do a fresh install just to get this to work My backup plan was just to run a Server VM. I assume that since your server was previously configured with the WSEE server role before you upgraded it to Windows Server , that most of the configuration of the domain controller, etc.

However, I also assume that if you did attempt to run the Start-WssConfigurationService PowerShell cmdlet that it would fail at some point due to your server already being set up as a primary domain controller, having the CA already installed on it, etc.

It is very interesting that WSEE is working for you without running the cmdlet though kudos! Admittedly though, I have never tried doing that manually via the Start-WssConfigurationService PowerShell cmdlet although the configuration wizard does call Start-WssConfigurationService, and so I assume that doing so would work just fine as well.

Will you be updating the source every so often to make sure that the Essentials Role components are up-to-date for new installations? Would you suggest keeping a small VM with able to keep updated and then doing some for of version checking between the VM and the installed code maybe a PowerShell Script to do this, and then update if needed? Thinking about doing this on my Home Server as I would like to have access to the improved Hyper-V, the Linux subsystem and containers from on my home server to run up some home automation stuff without having yet more hardware but need to see how manageable it will be….

I will definitely be keeping a watchful eye over the future Windows Server updates to see if Microsoft makes any changes to the WSEE source files. And if they do, I will indeed incorporate the updated source files into a newer version of our WSEE Installer in order to ensure that all new installations are fully up-to-date. Therefore, it might just be easier for me to specify exactly which files have changed, and then you guys can go ahead and manually overwrite those files with their newer versions as required.

Version 1. What should I be using as the domain? Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated! Therefore, the -NetBiosName parameter used in step 8 should be set to the domain name that you want to use for your Essentials server. Hi Mike, thanks for putting so much effort into this guide. One question tho: How does the licencing work?

Do we have to buy a bunch of [expensive] CALs for Server , or can we use the 25 users included in Essentials? Giving me a hint on this matter would be great. Greetings from Germany, Jonathan. It took a crazy amount of work to figure all of this out and write it up, etc. For more information see the fourth and fifth paragraphs in:. Working now for 3 months with this Server with essentials role installed and I absoutely love it. Thanks for all the work you did on this and would recommend for all home users coming from server Thanks for taking the time to post back and let us all know.

I have tried this a few times with fresh, updated installs and keep getting this error, any ideas of what I am doing wrong?

Mine was working perfectly thanks to this guide, although now for some reason it is broken? Has this happened to anybody else possibly a windows update? Also the email service is broken. Is there a way someone could make a video and post it on how to do this? Perhaps someone else will step up and produce one for the community.

Use performance counters to diagnose app performance problems on Remote Desktop Session Hosts. Server Standard: I start with a virtual machine and install Server Standard, I do not activate. I have a license but want to make sure I can successfully install this first. I then install all available updates. Once fully updated, I locate the all folders and copy them. I then export all the registry keys. Server Standard: I install Server Standard on a virtual machine again do not activate.

Then I proceed with installing the rolls in Step 2. I then copy back all the folders in Step 3 and 4. Now, in Step 5, I just double click on the registry keys to install.

I proceed with Step 8 with the following;. Your help is very much appreciated. The Microsoft links are extremely confusion. First off, you do not need to activate your Windows Server source install, nor your Windows Server destination install for any of this to work.

It is quite involved seeing as a lot of work was put in in order to get it to successfully use the Essentials configuration wizard , and so it is not something that I plan on attempting to walk folks through building here as doing so would take pages and pages of explanation, etc. Thank you for your quick reply. I decided to try something different. After a restart, the WSEE was installed successfully!!

If so, which wizard do I run since there are several wizards in that folder. Again, thank you for all your help!! I still have absolutely no idea why the cmdlet is giving you that error about the -Setting parameter no being found when you attempt to use it as stated in my list of steps. I had to jump through all kinds of hoops in order to get it to work properly via our WSEE Installer package. Believe me, if it was easy, then I would of instructed folks to use the wizard instead of the PowerShell cmdlet.

It is great and still working but I have an alert that says my firewall is not configured correctly and I think it was after installing remote acess. Do you have any thoughts on what may be the problem? Thanks in advance. Thanks for this nice tutorial! As I have a licence for Server Essentials lying around, I guess I could also install it as a virtual machine on my Server , right?

Heck, you could even go a step further and set up a second copy of Windows Server Datacenter as a Virtual Machine as well, and then install WSEE on it by following the list of manual install steps given above. Thank you! Teach me for not spotting that Essentials had been removed. Remote Access complains, but works….

Will have to wait and see what happens with the client backups…. Is there anyway you could do a step by step video and host it on Youtube. Maybe someone else will step up and make one for you guys who are requesting it. As I mentioned above, the installer was written strictly for our own internal use and was never intended to be distributed to the general public. The instructions were not completely clear to me.

At step 3 you say copy the 7 folder from:to my question is copy them from the server installation but to where? Same for step 4, copy them to where? Last question, am I using a windows server standard or windows server essential as my source. After you cancel out of the wizard, go ahead and run Windows Update over and over until the server is fully up-to-date. Go ahead and run Windows Update over and over until the server is fully up-to-date.

Maybe you can solve this for me. Let me know if I can send them to you. No offense taken, All of the steps taken were easy and error free for me up to step 6, when I typed this code in that you had posted it gave me errors. All of them for from step 6. I figured maybe I typed something wrong, so I saved the webpage as a pdf, which then allowed me to simply copy the code and paste them one by one and still the outcome was the same.

This happens to be the first time for me installing a service from this approach, so it took me a moment to follow you instructions. Thank you. So, what might I be doing wrong with your code? The only suggestions that I can offer you there is:. Make sure that all of the quotes surrounding the values are standard straight quotes and not those fancy curly quotes.

Otherwise, the command line will most certainly fail seeing as it requires elevated privileges in order to be successfully run. My apologies for that. However, you do have a nice suggestion to print i.

Thanks for sharing that tip. I copied exactly what you had listed and pasted it in an elevated command prompt. Can you show me exactly what response I should see after running anyone of these commands.

How to create a Windows service by using Sc. As far as I remember, the tool just silently returns back to the command prompt on success. Otherwise, it will list an error on failure. Or, you can open an elevated PowerShell prompt and type:. Which indicates that the list of dependencies should be separated by a forward slash just as I have them in in step 6. However, the documentation I linked you to states that the dependencies should be surrounded by quotes and separated by spaces. For example:.

Thank you so very much. EDIT M. It allows you to preserve file permissions etc. What I ended up doing was mounting the C drive of the server with WSEE installed and then copying the files over one by one. After numerous attempts at trying to fix file permissions, I eventually gave up and started with a fresh install. After copying the files as suggested above, it worked perfectly.

Oh and also I forgot to mention. I just left out the -Setting parameter. That just sets how Windows update should work. It runs fine without that parameter and you could always manually configure Windows updates afterward.

Any chance you can provide a password so I can download the MSI file that you guys built? I really appreciate any assistance you can give. Hi, is it possible to purchase the installer for WSEE on Server without purchasing one of your products please?

A quick question, do you recommend that after the initial installation of Server that I should install WSEE before I join to the domain and install other roles or features?

Or can I do it at any point? If you want to join your server to an existing domain i. Thanks Mike. Then install WSEE. Does that sound like a plan? However, I do understand that some folks prefer to run Essentials as a member server, rather than having it be the primary DC. See this comment and this comment posted above.

Which is also mentioned in the this comment as well. None of your posts have been deleted. How long should the MSI installer take? Just want to make sure everything turns out the way it should. In most cases unless you have a really slow server , I assume that it should indeed take less that 10 minutes to complete adding the required roles and features.

Other than that, you could try manually installing the five prerequisite server roles and features as shown in step 2 of the manual installation steps if you continue running into issues here. Manually installing the prerequisite server roles and features one-by-one via an elevated PowerShell prompt would also let you see if an error is popping up when they are getting installed. There is a script that someone created to check Essentials installation which admitedly does only support up to but that returned no errors either.

Any ideas? Many thanks Jon. Hi Mike, An update to my message…. Thanks Jon. Otherwise, you can look at the following web pages for information on how to use a redirect in order to go back to the old behavior:. Remote Web Access login page Redirect. Remote Web Access does not redirect as expected. Hi, this is intriguing. I am moving from a Essentials and would ike to use I have a clean server up nd running.

One question how well does this hold up to regular windows updates? Any concerns there? Thanks for your reply, although to clarify you only mention standard or datacenter for your installer, does this work on the essentials version new install. As a result, you cannot i. I have absolutely no idea what those things are. When you setup a standard Windows server, and add essentials to it, do you still need to make this the primary DC?

Curious if I eliminate my current Essentials server then implement this version, if I can make my secondary DC the primary and leave it that way. When you install WSEE on Windows Server Standard or Datacenter, you can indeed configure it as a member server where it is not the primary domain controller, but rather joined to another existing domain controller on your network.

Do you have any thoughts on how to migrate from Essentials to and retain the same IP and name? I am even thinking of using the same server. All my stuff is on an array on an E: and F: drive so was thinking of replacing the primary drives with new ones of the same kind and rebuilding following your guidance. I would just like to be able to tie it back to my existing backups and not have to have all our workstations have to rejoin the domain.

Personally, I feel that unless you have some really pressing need to utilize features that are specific to Windows Server , that you should simply stick with using Windows Server Essentials instead. It kept the name and IP, etc. Thanks for the heads up on the tiered storage issue. Great, thanks again for your support and for making my Server Essentials running as a proper Essentials version for 8 months now without any issues. Most appreciated. While I personally would of liked for it to have been a free benefit for the Essentials community especially since it is most likely based off of the work done here , I do understand that it takes time and effort to produce such content as well as the costs involved to host it, etc.

Because of this, I am unable to vouch for the accuracy of its contents, but I will go ahead and leave the link to it here for those who still wish to view it. So if I did decide to trash my Essentials server and create a fresh install, how would I do that without loosing my domain? If I then build a server and add the essentials role would I need to switch it back to be the master or would that automatically happen?

Would all the computers still be on the domain or have to be added again? That being said, there are others who have successfully done domain migrations from earlier versions of Essentials over to Windows Server with WSEE installed. In fact, see the comment right below this one for a link to a nice Microsoft article that walks you step-by-step through the entire domain migration process including transferring all of the FSMO roles over to the new based domain controller, etc.

And yes, according to that document, you will indeed need to uninstall the Windows Server Essentials Connector software from all of your existing client PCs, and then install the newer version of it from See the Microsoft-provided documentation for further details.

The WSEE installer worked great for me! However, I had a glitch to overcome as a result of my specific transition scenario, so wanted to do a quick post here to point out the problem and workaround for others. While Microsoft provides a process for doing similar migrations see Step 2: Install Windows Server Essentials as a new replica domain controller , an additional step is needed if the source server in my case, the Win R2 Server was itself the destination of an earlier migration from an older server in my case, SBS The configuration wizard successfully ran through the pre-requisites verification step and correctly identified the server as a domain controller.

However, after it started the actual configuration process it stopped with the message:. If this issue still exists please refer to the help link for more troubleshooting steps. This time, the Configuration Wizard ran to successful completion. Thanks again for sharing your experience with everyone, and you are most welcome for the WSEE Installer. After i downloaded now the german version from your wsee. To marry a client with the wsee is no Problem, but after i set up wich drives to backup i tryed to run the first backup.

But no suckses, every time the Clientbackup service is crashing. But always at a different Time in the Backup. I have no Idea what i could do that the one service is not crashing anymore. On the same machine at a second harddisk is my primary w with manual installed wsee in english and work without any problem. Please try looking in the following location on BOTH the client computer AND on the server itself to see if there are any log files that give you an idea as to why your client backups are failing:.

Just sort the log files within the folder by their modification date, and then look at the newly modified log files to see if you can find any information within them related to the client computer backup service crashing i. Some news, client backup now is working. The Problem was some corruptet file in the clientbackup folder on the server and every time it was trying to acces that file the service on the server was crashing.

Delted the folder and recreate it in the wsee dashboard than it was working. But i now have a other Problem, after the backup was working i want to chance my second client to the new server. Every thing is fine expect, the second client shows allways offline. Have now add in lights out for the server the lights out bulp in tray on client shows server online. Tryed to uninstall kaspersky on client but that changed nothing.

But befor uninstall every essentials app have all pewrmissions. And that client was working with the english server essentials without problems too with kaspersky installed. Could you please give me again some hind where to search. The last hind with logs was good that was showing me the read error. But now i have no logs because after the marriage from client with server the client is allways offline so i cant set up even the backup. Glad to hear that client backup is working for you now.

Thus, about the best I can tell you here is to check out the log files on both the client and server; and in the same location that I mentioned to you in my prior comment to see if you can find any indication as to why the connection is failing.

Other than that, have you tried completely uninstalling the connector software from your client computer, and then reinstalling it again? Is the client computer properly joined to your Essentials domain?

However, in order to successfully use the script on Windows Server with WSEE , you will need to edit it by opening the script in a text reader such as Notepad, etc. Hi Mike, Thanks very much for this. When I load server manager it tells me that configuration is required for the Active Directory Certificate Services.

I have tried a few times and get stuck at that place all the time. Did you happen to run into any issues with any of the earlier steps? Finally figured it out, spaces were needed where none were and some were where none were needed lol. I have yet to test remote connection using the connector but other then that it now works fine. I have to admit that what you did requires a lot of work Believe me, I know having been a network analyst for more than 30 years so congrats are in order, this is awesome!!!!!!!

I had to delete the virtual storage pool on my server since windows said it belonged to a different domain. It seemed to be working great — thanks! PS — I turned it off and then on again, but no difference. Okay, realized that my storage space was just My inability to create a client PC may be related to the tiny pool it initially created, which was only 10GB.

So I deleted the pool in Server Manager, got the 4 drives I have in the Primordial pool of available disks and went to the Essentials Dashboard. When I try to create the storage space in the Dashboard, it says to select drives to create the storage space, but none are shown. Maybe others with experience in this area will jump in and provide you with some further assistance. After the successful reinstall of the connector software, make sure that its tray icon is green and shows that the client is properly connected up to the Essentials server and not grey or red, which indicates a connection problem.

Lastly, please be aware that if your client computer is running Windows 10 , then there are LOTS of reports of issues with getting the client computer successfully connected up to the Essentials server appearing over on the Essentials boards.

Storage Space comment: Yep, read that comment. Yeah, I checked and the selected drives are online, and I can put files over to the two test drives with no problems. However it does NOT wipe out the other drives, which contain my old storage space. Good suggestion about looking in the essentials board — thanks for the link and the suggestion to stay out of trouble! There were no errors, and the storage space was recognized just fine by the server Dashboard.

Once everything is working properly i. Windows 10 version is a complete and utter mess IMHO. Apparently when Windows 10 gets updated to version , it wreaks havoc on the installed Windows Server Essentials Connector software i. Optional After the above program has been successfully uninstalled from the client computer, manually delete the following folders from the client computer if they happen to still exist:.

Optional Delete the following registry key branches using Regedit. Connect computers to a Windows Server Essentials server without joining the domain. Get Connected in Windows Server Essentials. I actually run into this issue quite a bit with W10 bi-yearly updates screwing up the WSE connector on W10 computers joined to a domain. It creates a registry entry that makes it so that when you reinstall WSE connector on domain joined computer, it will skip the domain join step and just install the connector software.

I found this information here Connect computers to a Windows Server Essentials server without joining the domain. Yes as mentioned above , the SkipDomainJoin connection method is well documented by Microsoft over on their website:. Hi, Thanks for this.

We upgraded from server Essentials to server standard before realising essentials was no longer included. I was planning on upgrading to a newer Windows server OS soon. I would like to still use the Essentials server roll option that Microsoft removed after server Yes, the client backup feature in all versions of Windows Server Essentials i.

They just want client backup feature available for use. Yes the client backup feature does indeed work under the Essentials SKU. Thus, you might as well give them a platform that is fully supported by Microsoft. I hate that Microsoft abandon Server Essentinal with this great feature.

I tried a test installation in a VM. Everything is working except third party plug-ins. There is no error during installation. Do I have to copy some other Files or modify anything else? Very strange. Glad to hear that you got the add-ins working in a different VM though. Not a single file is modified nor altered in any way.

Third party add-ins are indeed fully supported i. Your best bet there would be to contact the manufacturer of the add-in directly and ask them about it. I got it running following your instructions above, but am continuing to see a problem which also existed in Essentials where the storage service gets confused and declares a folder offline even though the underlying disk still exists.

The generally accepted workaround according to Missing server folder alert, but folder is still present! Is it possible that registration of the event sources got missed in your instructions above? Thanks for figuring it out! As is mentioned at the top of the manual install steps shown above, the steps only represent the bare minimum that is required in order to get Windows Server Essentials Experience installed, and working, on Windows Server If someone is looking for a straight forward easy, complete, and proper install, then we suggest using the WSEE Installer package instead.

I have a couple of quick questions. My original WSEE server was demoted and removed from the domain, blanked, reinstalled fresh as , re-joined to the domain, and started at your steps from there. Does the WSEE config process in fact promote the member server to a domain controller?

If not, can the member server be promoted to a domain controller AFTER the config process has completed successfully? If you want to keep the domain name and server name from your old Essentials server, just be sure that the old server is offline, and then use the exact same domain name and server name when configuring your new Windows Server with WSEE installation i.

Unless you have lots of users, and have heavily modified your Active Directory, Group Policy, etc. Whereas, on a normal installation of WSEE, the server will automatically get configured as a primary domain controller for you as part of the Essentials configuration process. I myself have never tried installing WSEE on a server that was already configured as a domain controller.

The key for me was understanding whether or not WSEE configuration was attempting to promote the member server to a domain controller during the process. It was the first server in the environment, created the new domain etc. Thank you Mike!! Promoted that server to a secondary domain controller for the DOM domain 3. I checked the box and clicked OK, but then the installer disappeared and nothing seemingly happened.

I looked around for any running processes none and checked the new Server Essentials deployment Event Log that the MSI created in my Event Viewer but nothing no events. On first logon after reboot, the Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard launched.

I cancelled the wizard without completing it. Restored data from backup to ServerFolders. Kudos on making the migration work, and a big thanks for sharing how you accomplished it with others here. It might have something to do with the state of the migrated server. That being said… If it happens to anyone else, then they can simply restart the server as you did , or they can just manually run the wizard by executing the following program anytime after the main installation has successfully completed, or after any subsequent restart of the server that takes place during the Essentials configuration process :.

Have you seen this behavior? I was making an assumption that functionality would have been deprecated in Windows and not likely to come over with the WSEE installation. Here are the rules:. The Server Infrastructure Licensing service silsvc. And yes, I do recall reading that the grace period is more accurately represented as 28 days vs Typical Microsoft. BTW, quick question for you… May I ask why you opted to cancel the configuration wizard and then manually run the Start-WssConfigurationService PowerShell command without any arguments instead?

Was that not the case? I know… WTF? Also, I read somewhere on this page that you advised somebody else not to run the Configuration Wizard, but instead to run the PowerShell command, because you assumed the Wizard would fail during role check, since the actual role did not exist and was not installed. PowerShell Good! I had a bad feeling that the Wizard would either fail and hose my WSEE installation, or possibly even worse it might succeed and hose my working domain.

I actually think the wizard would have worked just fine for you. I suppose that in those other comments you reference that I made, I was indeed probably just assuming that it would fail.

No harm, no foul, on your config though seeing as the wizard simply executes the PowerShell command in exactly the same way as you did manually. Good to know that it will work without it and that it will just use the credentials of the signed in admin when omitted. Doing this will cause client computers to go into a strange state when reconnected to the server. Excellent tip! Thanks again for sharing your findings with everyone. I install missing updates. I guess, given this information, the issue is more of a nuisance than an actual problem.

I undid and re-implemented the suggestions with several reboots in between, but it seems whatever damage was done, was done permanently. Has anyone been able to get it working? Mine was a fresh build, not an in-place upgrade. Specifically, the authentication method used by the server to verify your username and password may not match the authentication method configured in your connection profile.

Please contact the Administrator of the RAS server and notify them of this error. All other Essentials Tests except the Role Install pass. Thankfully, WSE RemoteApp works beautifully, so I do still have remote access to my network resources, but it would be really nice to get Anywhere Access working.

However, after doing some research and testing, I believe that the VPN connection issues can be resolved by performing the following steps:. Connect to your Essentials server via a standard Remote Desktop Connection, etc.

Sort the Logs folder by date modified which will place the most recently modified log files up at the top , open the log files in Notepad, and the newest entries will be located down at the bottom of the log file. Announcing Windows Storage Server Thanks for your answer. Or do I need to do a fresh install? Thanks for your comprehensive answer.

The installation first failed and reverted back to Windows Storage Server. Only when I selected not to install updates during installation, the installation succeeded. Please any advice where i messed up? Start-WssConfigurationService : The term ‘Start-WssConfigurationService’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.

From what I can gather it appears that the problem stems from the Windows Server Essentials services not starting properly even though they have been properly configured to start Automatically during the configuration of Essentials. There are a total of 8 Windows Server Essentials services, and all but the email services should be started.

Works great for both file and bare metal restores. Thanks Nathan. If Windows Server Essentials is working just fine for you, then there should be no real reason for you to make the upgrade to Windows Server with WSEE installed. I imagine that, if it is possible, it will be a fairly involved process.

Mike, Thank you for the comprehensive instructions. Have you run across this, or have any suggestion on where to troubleshoot this? Have you checked your network router, firewall, etc.

For a bit more info see:. If you do not want this server to be a domain controller, join this server to your domain by using the Windows native tools. RemoteApp programs, etc. However, you can also opt to join a server that has WSEE installed on it to an existing i. However, in your case from what I understand , your existing server is already configured as a primary domain controller, and you just want to add the WSEE server role to it.

In that case, when you configure WSEE on your server, it will discover that the server is already a domain controller, and it will allow you to complete the WSEE configuration on the existing domain controller instead of having to join it to a separate domain controller or create a brand new domain controller from scratch.

Thus, you should just proceed with the WSEE configuration once it i. For more info see:. NOTE : The connector software will automatically join the client computer to your domain by default. Are you saying that you already have the Windows Server Essentials Connector software installed on your client computers? If so, then I assume that you had them connected up to an older version of Essentials e. For more info see here and here. G mentions in the last link that I linked you to in my prior reply, where he sets the SkipDomainJoin registry value on the already joined clients, and then installs the connector software in order to force the connector software to skip the domain join part of the installation process since the client is already joined to the domain.

Then go ahead and delete the SkipDomainJoin registry value after the installation completes. Mike, this is the final post! All computers are now showing up under devices!

Client backups work, Anywhere Access works, Shares work, etc! For anyone that has Server Standard and you previously joined the clients to the domain manually.. These two links were invaluable: — Connect computers to a Windows Server Essentials server without joining the domain — Comment by MR. Thank you for the follow up post to let everyone know what worked for you when installing WSEE on a server that has already been configured as a domain controller prior to installing WSEE on it , and when installing the Windows Server Essentials Connector software on client computers that have already been joined to the domain prior to installing the connector software on them.

Great job! Great work, BTW! The dism works and I end up with a folder Server-Mount which contains all the Server folders in it. No files, such as Policy. Later on i. I hope that makes sense. If you enjoy tinkering with servers, then by all means, please do have at it. I may well ultimately purchase one of your products for my main production build. Also, will your product work if the Server is a DC? Q: How does Work Folders compare to other Microsoft sync technologies?

Why would someone use both? Hats off to you for publishing this on the Web. I do have a few observations, however, and just wondering if other people are seeing the same things I moved the various settings and files from one VM to the other using a shared virtual disk. When I ran the second command, after about 20 seconds, I got a message saying that the Company Name was in use, so I changed the Company Name in the command to I see that others have had this issue so I left it off and checked the Windows Update settings later Everything looked good, with a working Dashboard and full functionality.

However, there are a few puzzles However, this did not happen. I am trying to join a Standard server to an existing WSE I had it all working but got spooked because it looked like the server was holding or taking FSMO roles away from the wse Part of the reason to do this is to eventually demote the wse server because we are at 36 users and even though I have 40 licenses for , I do not think they are valid for the WSE and it must go away. I want to use DFS to sync the data folders to the new server, then move folder redirection, then demote and pull the First off, you cannot have multiple Essentials servers running within the same network when they are acting as a primary domain controller holding all of the FSMO roles which is the default configuration for an Essentials server.

The only way that you can run multiple Essentials servers on the same network is if they are each running as member servers where they are domain-joined to a completely separate domain controller.

Enabling multiple instances of Windows Server Essentials Experience in your environment. Join a second server to the network. Step 2: Install Windows Server Essentials as a new replica domain controller. And, another user has very kindly posted the steps that he took for doing a successful domain migration here. Thanks for your comments, I am reworking my process.

I did successfully join the existing WSE domain and get the essentials role installed on standard, I did the join just before the Start-WssConfigurationService. Thanks for the links. I will probably go with Mariattes server-essentials tools. I believe I added the AD roles to the member server incorrectly before.

Thanks for pointing that out for everyone. Are you aware of a way to disable TLS 1. We are all being told to disable these but it appears that WSE is deeply dependent on them. I know that if I disable TLS 1. It seems like Microsoft is not going to update this role to newer requirements.

Also that Office integration will require TLS 1. You can still harden the security on an Essentials server by disabling many of the other insecure protocols, ciphers, etc. In fact, in my WSE RemoteApp add-in, I implement a script and other security settings that automates all of this hardening stuff for my customers while still leaving TLS 1.

Basically, Microsoft needs to recompile the assemblies being used by Essentials so that they support a higher version of the. Unfortunately, Essentials is pretty much considered to be abandonware by Microsoft now, and so unless something really forces their hand on this issue such as a major security breach in this area, etc.

How to resolve Azure backup agent issues when disabling TLS 1. While it will enable an older. NET v4. Without Microsoft directly implementing the fix within their own assemblies or possibly by some other forceful means within the. One can only hope that Microsoft will eventually step up and natively implement TLS 1. See this comment below for a bit more info. For WCF using. NET Framework 3. Based on that Microsoft documentation, the WCF framework in.

Unless Microsoft has changed something in this regard, disabling TLS 1. Additional testing is most definitely warranted here before folks proceed with implementing it on a production server IMHO. Mea culpa! Someone needs to buy that Joe Mills bloke a beer for figuring this one out! When you choose to disable TLS 1. REG file that can be run on all of your client computers in order to add the required. NET Framework security settings.

With TLS 1. Sounds like you put together your own reg kit. Enabling TLS 1. Last night I had to re-enable TLS 1. It would not run successfully until I re-enabled TLS 1. Then it ran successfully, then I re-ran the PFS script. Still having trouble with some clients mapping drives but not others.

Is there a way to post to the TLS 1. Temporarily enabling TLS 1. Any info as im running server with the above working, but i only use the automatic DNS name registration and updating for remote connection to router etc, ie the remotewebaccess. As this is all i use dont use the backup or anything else, just the domain name for access to emby server and my router.

You can have up to five different Microsoft personalized domain names associated with a single Microsoft account. Followed your details steps to the letter, eventually ;o.

I did seriously consider buying something so I could get the msi but decided to go the manual route. Some copy and pasting later I had a rudimentary robocopy script to copy the required files and folders to USB and another to copy it to the standard install.

Then copied and pasted the other requirements, sanitizing the text in notepad. Have you seen anything like this before? See here and here for more info. So am I best starting my build again from scratch or is it recoverable, I will look through the links you sent now. Everything has been going well since in installed your WSE installer on a fresh Std install. This is all i see in the Backup log.

Please stop the conflicting operation, and then rerun the backup operation. Disk management then becomes unresponsive. After a reboot everything looks OK and all my drives are good as far as S. Contemplating started again from scratch if I have too but would rather not. So looked at the wse installer on your site and the one I used. When I re-run mine it says in need to run a cleanup exe first and the site one says the older version must be removed first.

Will that have any ipmpatc on my data saved on the server? Other than that, have you tried running the backup repair wizard on your client computer backups just to see if that helps any? That way, if you ever encounter issues such as this one, you can just restore the server back to a time prior to when the problem first started occurring.

I prefer a clean start to these things anyways so will go that route, plus I have an image of the server pre wse install which will speed things up. I use the server backup process but also have a secondary image backup using Acronis TrueImage. It was Acronis that helped me out this time.

Regards Christophe. Please go back and try again. Tried Firefox and new Edge. Converting a current evaluation version to a current retail version. I believe that it has been fixed now. So if you want a server running longer than the 3-year extended trial, you have to buy a WS Standard license, right? Three years is quite a long time though. By that time, a completely new version of Windows Server will be available Windows Server , etc. There is no resolution that I can find on the web.

Very thorough! There wasnt an option Will this do all of the basic things without hosting the domain? So… Just as with and R2, , and that preceded it , Essentials must either be or see a domain controller and cannot be configured in a Workgroup. By default in an out-of-the-box install , Essentials is configured as the primary domain controller on your network. That way, the configuration wizard for Essentials will see that the server is already joined to another domain, and it will then configure the Essentials server as a member server within that domain instead of configuring it as the primary domain controller.

This is just how Microsoft designed Essentials to work, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with installing Essentials on Windows Server I followed your instructions above, I think, correctly and in the order that you specified.

Application: SharedServiceHost. Exception Info: System. FileNotFoundException at System. String at System. Init System. String, System. FileMode, System. FileAccess, Int32, Boolean, System. FileShare, Int32, System. String, Boolean, Boolean, Boolean at System. FileAccess, System. FileOptions, System. String, Boolean at System.

FileMode at Microsoft. String at Microsoft. Run Microsoft. ITaskDataLink at Microsoft. RunTasks System. HandleWindowsUpdate System. RunInitialConfiguration at System. RunInternal System. ExecutionContext, System. Enter information for your current Active Directory used in the on-premises domain environment.

Select the directory type Active Directory , specify the domain forest, click Add Directory , and enter domain administrator credentials. If you need to synchronize a domain forest, use the Enterprise administrator credentials. Azure AD sign-in. Select the on-premises attribute to use as the username in Azure AD and Office We select userPrincipalName. Select the Continue without any verified domains checkbox if your domain is not verified. You can complete the verification process later to allow users to log in to Azure AD and Office Domain and OU filtering.

Leave default settings on this screen to perform Active Directory sync of the entire AD data. Select custom domains and organization units if you need to customize the settings. Identifying users. It is recommended that you leave default settings at this step for a basic setup of Active Directory sync with Office for one Azure AD, one domain, and one AD forest. If you need to perform a more complicated setup, select custom options for user identities across directories.

Choose to synchronize all users and devices or select custom objects to synchronize. You can use group-based filtering. Optional Features. Select additional features if you need them. Hover over the ‘? Ready to configure. Select the Start the synchronization process when configuration completes checkbox if you want to start synchronization immediately after finishing this wizard. You can deselect this checkbox and start the synchronization manually when you need it.

Hit Install to finish the configuration. Wait until installation and configuration have finished. When you see the Configuration Complete message, you can click Exit to close the application.

Short information about the finished Office AD synchronization process is displayed on the Configuration Complete screen. Then open the Microsoft admin center and check whether Active Directory synchronization with Office was completed successfully.

If there are errors, read provided recommendations that can help you fix the errors. If Office AD sync was completed successfully, you can assign licenses to new Office users that were added after Office synchronization with on-premises Active Directory.

Changes made in the GUI are exported automatically. However, changes made with PowerShell should be exported when needed manually. In order to import settings, run Azure AD Connect, select the Customize option, on the Install required components screen, select Import synchronization settings , click Browse , and select the JSON configuration file.

Configuration import allows users to make a minimum amount of manual data input to configure Azure AD Connect in a short time and reproduce the identical configuration across multiple servers. There are tools to export and import the configuration of Azure AD Connect from one server to another to have an identical configuration when you perform Office Active Directory sync. Copy the MigrateSettings. Run the MigrateSettings. Run the script and check the directory in the output.

Azure AD synchronization configuration is exported to this folder. Run Azure AD Connect on the second server and on the Install required components screen select to import synchronization settings and select the MigratedPolicy.

If you cannot wait for 30 minutes, which is the standard interval between synchronization operations, force Office AD sync by using PowerShell commands. Force a delta sync to synchronize only changes made since the previous successful synchronization:. In this case, try to restart the AD sync Office service on a local server running Azure AD Connect and then verify that the credentials are correct.

Protect a server on which Azure AD Connect is installed. Restrict access for users who are not administrators to the server running Azure AD Connect. Use strong passwords to protect service accounts used by this Active Directory synchronization tool. Knowing the power of this tool, strong passwords are critical in cases when someone gets access to the server running AD sync. You can add trusted users to the ADSyncAdmins group for convenient access management.

Not all groups should be synchronized. There can be groups that are useless in the cloud or that have no reason to be synchronized due to security or productivity reasons. Filter security groups and distribution groups that are not relevant for Microsoft and Azure cloud environments. Exclude all administrators groups from Office Active Directory sync. Some attributes of objects in the cloud are unique, for example, licensing information about Office users.

If this specific information is deleted in the cloud, you cannot recover this information by running Office Active Directory sync from on-premises Active Directory. Synchronization of the on-premises Active Directory to Azure is not the same as Active Directory and domain controller backup.

Use special tools and backup solutions to protect your Active Directory domain controllers running on-premises and Office data in the cloud. You should run Office backup regularly and store these backups in a safe place.

Office data is stored in the cloud, but if some of this data is corrupted with ransomware or accidentally deleted, having a backup can be the only way to recover that data, especially if you notice the data loss when it is too late. Active Directory is a centralized management system in a Windows network.

The unavailability of an Active Directory Domain controller can bring operations to a halt across a company. Back up Active Directory domain controllers running on-premises to make it possible to recover data if a disaster strikes. Prefer using dedicated third-party backup solutions that support application-aware backup when backing up running servers with running applications.

You can back up multiple Office tenants, select all users or custom users, and recover the items you need at a granular level. Support of application-aware backup allows you to back up domain controllers and have application-consistent data in a backup. Granular recovery is supported for physical server backup too. Organizations migrating to the cloud are only doing so partially.

They continue to use Active Directory services on-premises in combination with cloud services. This is known as a hybrid environment. An option to sync Office with AD allows organizations to configure hybrid environments, and synchronize user accounts and authentication options between on-premises AD and Azure AD.

This blog post covered Active Directory sync from on-premises environments to Office cloud that uses Azure Active Directory for authentication. You have to prepare your on-premises Active Directory, configure domain settings for on-premises domain and external domain linked to your Office tenant, and configure Office directory sync options in AD Connect.

Office Active Directory integration allows users to use the same credentials for on-premises Windows environments and in Office NAKIVO website uses cookies for the purposes of analytics and to ensure the best browsing experience for the website visitors in accordance with our cookie policy. You can reject cookies at any time in your browser settings.

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Windows Server is for the time being the latest version of the server operating system released by Microsoft. The functionality of the release offers new opportunities when it comes to hybrid cloud environments, storage, security, and administration.

Windows Server has three editions: Essentials, Standard, and Datacenter. As their names imply, they are designed for organizations of different sizes, and with different virtualization and datacenter requirements. Windows Server Essentials perfectly suits the needs of a small infrastructure, while the Datacenter edition provides the widest range of functions among all the other server operating systems from Microsoft.

The aim of this blog post is to highlight the core characteristics of each edition and the needs they are meant to satisfy. Having your data and applications backed up can help you ensure business continuity and achieve the lowest possible RPOs and RTOs. Try out our software for free to ensure that your Windows Server data is safe and recoverable.

This edition is designed for small companies with up to 25 users and 50 devices. According to their documentation, Microsoft offers new functionality for data storage, sharing, protection, and so on.

Windows Server Essentials, nevertheless, has enough features to satisfy the needs of a small infrastructure. Just like its predecessor, Windows Server Essentials, the edition allows for integration with Azure Site Recovery services. This feature is meant to help you maintain business continuity in the event of a hardware or other failure, when your virtual machine VM or its host goes down.

This functionality enables you to replicate the VMs in real-time mode to a backup repository in Azure. If a disaster strikes, you can failover to the replica and resume your business-critical operations. The Essentials edition also makes it possible to integrate with Azure Virtual network. The right way is to allow enough time for this process and perform it step by step. Windows Server Essentials, in turn, makes the resources and processes that are running in Azure look as if they are located on your local network.

This allows organizations to seamlessly move their resources to the cloud. One of the things that sets apart Windows Server Essentials from the edition is that the Experience Role functionality has been removed. In practice, this means that all the tasks related to management and configuration must be performed manually. In addition, client backup and remote web access are no longer accessible. The Standard edition is designed for physical or minimally virtualized environments.

As for the maximum number of users, it is based on CALs, or client access license requirements. Generally speaking, the Standard edition offers the core Windows Server functionality including but not limited to the functionality of Windows Server Essentials The Standard edition enables hybrid operations in Azure environment.

With that, the flexibility and performance of a local file server are preserved. Additionally, applications that are running in your local network can use a variety of innovations in the cloud, such as Artificial Intelligence or the Internet of Things.

If you need more VMs in your infrastructure, additional licenses must be purchased. Another noteworthy characteristic is that the Standard edition only supports up to two Hyper-V containers.

The number of Windows containers the edition supports is unlimited. Just for reference, containers and micro-services can be used to help you create cloud native applications and modernize the traditional ones. With that, Linux and Windows containers can be run side by side. Another difference has to do with storage replicas, which is a functionality that allows for replication between servers for disaster recovery purposes.

There are no limits in the Datacenter edition, while the available volume in the Standard edition is limited to 2TB. The Datacenter edition suits the needs of highly virtualized datacenters and cloud environments. It offers the functionality of Windows Server Standard, and is free of its limits.

You can create any number of virtual machines, plus one Hyper-V host per license. As mentioned above, the Datacenter edition supports an unlimited number of Windows and Hyper-V containers. With that, there are a few more features that are not available in any other edition of Windows Server.

One of the features only offered in Windows Server Datacenter is network controller. It allows for the centralized infrastructure management and provides you with tools for monitoring, configuring, and troubleshooting your virtualized network environment in an automated manner.

Network controller can be used to automate network configuration instead of configuring network devices and services manually. It lets you know if the hoster or enterprise is aware of the Hyper-V hosts in the fabric. Additionally, this service can help you manage the keys that are required to start up a shielded VM. The offline mode of Host Guardian service allows the shielded VMs to turn on if the service cannot be reached, though only in case the security settings of your Hyper-V host have not been changed.

For now, it is considered to be one of the most cost-effective and scalable solutions to create a software-defined data center. Generally speaking, the functionality of a hyper-converged infrastructure allows you to consolidate computing, storage, and networking resources into one cluster, which is a way to both improve performance and save costs.

To sum up, the key difference between the Essential and Standard editions lies in the number of users and devices they support. For an overview of the basic differences between the Standard and Datacenter editions, take a look at the table below:.

For now, Windows Server Datacenter can be regarded as the most comprehensive edition of the entire Microsoft family of server operating systems. Compared to the Standard edition, it provides the widest selection of tools and features with the lowest amount of limitations per license.

After all, its price is significantly higher than the price of Windows Server Standard. To further improve the efficiency of backup management, you can set up a schedule for backup jobs.

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