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Windows 2012 Essentials R2 Connector Stops Responding During Install

I ran into a very frustrating issue today. My job was to join a brand new Windows 10 computer to a domain. The server was running Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2. I felt this would be a simple job- but it didn’t turn out that way.

Typically, I join the computer to the domain using the Windows Server Essentials connector tool. Here are the steps I use below.

Step One: I went //servername/connect and installed the connector software. I rebooted the computer when I was prompted to do so.

Step Two: The computer rebooted and started booting into a _clientsetup_$ profile. The computer took a minute or two but it logged into the _clientsetup_$ profile. I was then prompted to enter the user’s credential’s to connect the computer to the domain.

Step Three: I entered the credentials, and then I selected “Setup this PC for myself”. Instantly, the connector software froze and said: “Windows Server Essentials Connector” has stopped responding, end program. The Connector software closed but the computer kept me logged into the _clientsetup_$ profile until I rebooted the computer.

I then logged into the computer. The computer was joined to the domain but the Connector software was not installed.

I thought this may have been a one-off issue so I tried joining the computer again. Once again, I was greeted with “Windows Server Essentials Connector” has stopped responding. I will list below all the things I tried -none of them worked.

  • I tried to join the computer to the domain with the admin credentials instead of the user’s credentials.
  • During the Connector software setup, I selected “Setup this PC for myself and others” instead of “Setup this PC for myself.
  • I checked Event Viewer. It said clientdeploy.exe has stopped working. Right before that error, I got a .Net framework error as well. I ran the Microsoft .Net Repair Tool. The .Net repair tool didn’t fix my problem, so I turned off .Net framework in “Turn Windows Features On or Off” in Windows. That didn’t work as well.
  • Installed the Windows Server Essentials R2 Connector from¬†Microsoft’s website.
  • Right-clicked on the connector file and “Ran as an Administrator”
  • Connected the laptop via an Ethernet connection (instead of wireless) and ran the wizard.
  • I joined the domain manually and then tried to run the Connector software. It still failed.
  • I created a new local admin profile and ran the Connector wizard from that profile.
  • I rebooted the server.
  • Disabled IPv6 on the laptop- we thought maybe there was a conflict
  • Renamed the laptop multiple times
  • I checked the server. The computer showed up under the devices tab in the dashboard as being on the domain. ¬†However, the computer showed offline and the server didn’t know what OS was installed or anything about the client.Server Essentials R2 Connector Issue

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