This morning I noticed I was missing a bunch of the health reports from my servers that were running Server Essentials 2012 or 2016.
I opened the Dashboard on one of the servers and found these errors. . . . Cannot Send Mail and Windows Server Essentials Management Service is not running.
I went into Services, like the error message suggested, but the Windows Server Essential Management Service was still running.
I did a little digging and I found that apparently there is a bug in the Server Essentials software and when Daylight Savings Time occurs the server no longer can email health reports. Continue reading
Here is a small tip for the enterprise user. The new remote web access that comes with Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 is really nice. However, I ran into a problem when I wanted to connect to the server using the remote web access website. When I clicked on the server I wanted to connect to, instead of connecting to the server using a remote desktop connection, it would connect to the server dashboard instead. It is actually quite simple to disable the setting when you know where to look. Here are the instructions.
Step One: Open Windows Server Dashboard and click on Home > Getting Started
Step Two: Click on Setup Anywhere Access > Click to Configure Anywhere Access
Step Three: Click on the Customize option beside Website Settings.
Step Four: Click on Server Connection Options tab. Under Server Connection Options you can select how you want to connect to your server using remote web access. By default Open Dashboard will be selected, just select Open Remote Desktop instead. Save your settings and you will be all set.
This was posted by techspeeder.
Recently, we have been installing Windows Server Essentials R2 on most of the new servers we install. I feel like it is a great operating system, but I kept running into issues when I was going through the setup of the server. Here is a brief rundown of the issue and the resolution we came up with.
Problem: I would install Windows Server Essentials R2 and create the default administrator account. Once I logged into the default administrator account the “Configure Windows Server Essentials” dialog would come up. I entered the information and then clicked, “Configure”. However, every time the setup wizard would get to one or two percent and it would give the following error message: “An error occurred while configuring Windows Server Essentials. Please try again. “ I would hit the “Retry” button but it would still fail. I then rebooted the server but when I logged into the administrator account, the setup wizard wouldn’t let me change the information I entered. I then had to reboot the server and reinstall the operating system. As you can see it was quite frustrating reinstalling the operating system again and again.