Essentials

  1. Restore all the missing features from Essentials 2019 (RWA, Connector) 2019 is useless for SME's

    Hi Microsoft Server Team,

    We finally got around in December to start deploying Windows Server 2019 Essentials to customers.

    So far it has been a terrible experience and we are jumping back to the much loved Windows Server 2016 Essentials while we still can.

    Our SME customers want the Essentials server for:
    1. Remote Web Access (for RDP remote access to PC’s so they can remote in to run their line of business apps like Sage)

    and


    1. Essentials Connector (to allow home workers join the domain via the /connect URL site and keep them on the VPN to be managed…
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  2. Not working network utilisation in Task Manager...

    I use Windows Server 2019 essentials and found that in the Task Manager I can't see the network utilisation. I can't see it in both - graph and processes (here I'm missing the whole column).

    Thanks for he

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  3. Enable Windows Server Essentials Media Pack for Server 2016

    Enable Windows Server Essentials Media Pack for Server 2016

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  5. Windows Server 2016 Essentials VPN

    Fix the issue where after a few days the VPN will connect and then immediately disconnect on Windows Server 2016 Essentials when using a "remotewebaccess" domain. If the services for the Remote Access role are restarted the VPN connection will stay connected but will show no internet access. The whole server needs to be restarted to make the connection work properly again. Having to restart a server operating system every two to three days is not very reassuring.

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  6. First Home Server was discontinued, now 2016 doesn't support Media Services

    Re-enable what has been possible for more than a decade. Use Windows Server on a home network to store photos and videos, and see them through compatible displays using Media Services.

    See here for details:

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ca11312a-6eef-4eee-a797-77ea5ecd3dd9/how-to-enable-windows-media-services-in-windows-server-2016-tech-preview-4?forum=WinServerPreview

    22 votes
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  7. Essentials: Provide option to run "Client Backup Cleanup" from Dashboard, and show progress

    As with versions of Windows Home Server/2011, it would be really useful to be able to be able to request a manual run of the backup cleanup task from the UI and have some feedback on progress.

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  8. Extended setup wizard in next Version of Windows Server Essentials to allow choice between physical and virtual Installation

    From the licensing perspective Windows Server 2016 includes the usage rights for one physical installation of Windows Server 2016 Essentials or for a virtual installation of Windows Server 2016 Essentials including Hyper-V. The physical setup is done very easy by the installation wizards but the virtual setup of Essentials including Hyper-V has to be done manually. Please add an option to chose between physical and virtual setup of Essentials and extend the setup wizard to deploy the virtualized scenario of Essentials automatically. This would be great for the next version of Windows Server Essentials!

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  9. Configure Azure Backup fail on Windows Server 2016 Essentials Dashboard

    Configure Azure Backup fail on Windows Server 2016 Essentials (Japanese) Dashboard.
    It seems like "SetMachinePassphrase request failed".

    Log is below.

    [9248] 170611.195806.8596: General: Initializing...C:\Windows\System32\Essentials\OnlineBackupGettingStartedWizard.exe
    [9248] 170611.195806.9064: OnlineBackupObjectModel: OnlineBackupBacked created successfully.
    [9248] 170611.195807.0002: OnlineBackupObjectModel: Async connect called
    [9248] 170611.195807.0939: PfBinding: Information: [0] : Adding service dns identity [WS2016E] in proxy endpoint.
    [9248] 170611.195807.1564: OnlineBackupObjectModel: OnlineBackup connector created
    [9248] 170611.195807.1564: OnlineBackupObjectModel: Set connection identifier to 1
    [9248] 170611.195807.1721: StorageOM: StorageBacked created successfully.
    [9248] 170611.195807.1721: StorageOM: Set connection identifier to 1
    [7068] 170611.195810.2978: StorageOM: Getting storage data from server
    [10112] 170611.195834.6420: OnlineBackupObjectModel: Start Online Backup service
    [10112] 170611.195839.5951: MailServiceUtils: Try to Refresh Tab,…

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  10. Azure Site Recovery Integration issue in Server 2016 Essentials

    I'm facing an issue on Azure Site Recovery Integration in server 2016 Essentials(Japanese).
    I can see VMs on server dashboard and click [Enable replication to Azure], sign in Azure.
    But, I can't choose region of subscription.

    When I change system language, I can select region of Azure.

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  11. Install client connector for Windows Server 2016 Essentials fails when IPv4 and IPv6 are enabled on network

    Client connector install wizard fails when IPv4 and IPv6 are enabled on local network.
    This issue is caused by name resolution problem on IPv6 during join active directory domain.

    Connector should set both IPv4 DNS server address and IPv6 DNS server address on client computer to Essentials Server's IP automatically.

    Client connector

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  12. SIP address overwritten (breaking Skype Business) when alias added via Dashboard

    Summary: SIP address overwritten (breaking Skype Business) in Office 365 when email alias added via Dashboard.

    The problem is explained in perfect detail at the link below. It does still happen with current Essentials 2016, and it happened in the previous version, too (2012R2).

    All you need to do is use the Essentials Dashboard to add an email alias to a user in an Office 365 tenant that also has Skype for Business. Then edit that user's mailbox in EAC and look at the Email Addresses section. The new SMTP alias will be there, but the SIP entry that had…

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  13. Essentials: Allow Server Essentials Connector (client) to autologon when not on domain

    When a machine is not joined to the Essentials domain, for example when on another domain or wanting to stay non-domain joined, it would be great if you could configure the connector client to either autologon with a saved password (as it was in WHS) or at least pass through the existing username/password.

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  14. Provide Essentials Role with more advanced scheduling for Backups

    Building on the suggestion for more flexibility in Windows Server Backup Scheduling (and added as separate suggestion to make it more visible), given that the Server Essentials SKU (and role) is aimed at simplifying SME deployments, using the Essentials Dashboard to provide a more comprehensive scheduling capability for Windows Backup (i.e. driving it through Task Scheduler) such as different sets of disks to be backed up on different days, backups on specific days, etc. as an Advanced option from the Dashboard would allow SMEs and home users to use WSE without having to consider 3rd party backups for more complex…

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