Connect Page Error Essentials 2016 Upgrade

mslogoThis post comes as a follow up to this thread opened in the TechNet forum.

It seems after an in place upgrade from Essentials 2012 R2 that some things don’t function as expected.

When you visit http://server/connect you are presented with an error.

connect error

Viewing the same path from the server desktop you get the corresponding error.

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Remote Web Access login page Redirect

LogoThis post comes courtesy of Susan Bradley, in that she highlighted the issue to me. In turn it was highlighted to her via TechSpeeder.

The issue is a relatively simple one, in previous versions of Essentials, visiting http://server or it would automatically redirect you to the RWA Login page at /remote. In 2016 this is not occurring.

In 2012 R2 this behaviour is controlled via default.aspx in particular, this line.

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits="Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.Web.RootSite._Default" %>

Looking at the Content of the Default Web Site in 2016, we can see the standard IIS InetPub wwwroot folder. This is odd because usually in Essentials that path has been updated to C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\WebApps\Site.

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Windows Server 2016 Essentials GA Announced

LogoWith the fanfare we have come to expect for all things Essentials, it came as no surprise that the GA announcement of this much maligned product was whispered out in the latest SBS Blog Post.

Don’t get me wrong, Essentials as a product has it’s faults, but to me this feels a lot like the way the NHS is being defunded, someone sooner or later is going to claim it didn’t work out, when very little seems to be being done to ensure its success. Anyway enough of that.

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Deploy Google Chrome Extensions using GPO

ChromeI spent quite a lot of time on this mainly because the instructions dotted around are out of date or misleading, or missing crucial information.

I did write earlier that you could also do this by adding in the relevant Policy registry keys, however this does not seem to work.

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Cannot download the Package – Essentials 2012 R2

If you have updated to the latest UR Rollup and are trying to install the connector on a client, you may see the following notice.

‘Cannot download the package’

G1 Error

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July Update Rollup KB3172614 and Windows 10

LEOPARDMicrosoft finally got around to fixing the annoying side effect of Windows 10 release upgrades, which was loosing your Essentials connector.

Hidden away in KB3172614 and after literally months of pressure from Susan Bradley, (because frankly I gave up) we find..

Updated the inbox component in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials to use the new client connector, so that the inbox component won’t get uninstalled during Windows 10 upgrades.

A simple footnote in the back of KB article hidden downstairs in a filing cabinet behind a door with a sign saying Beware of the Leopard.

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Third Tier – Women In IT Scholarship

ThirdTierMy good friends from Third Tier have launched their very own scholarship program.

For those who don’t know Amy Babinchak or Susan Bradley, they are two of the smartest and hard working people you could ever hope to work alongside and on a personal note two of the kindest people i have ever met.

Why are we doing this? Third Tier is a woman owned business. Back when I wanted to get into IT my aunt gave me the money to get my first certification. This is my way of paying it forward. Although now deceased I think she would be proud of my accomplishments. At Third Tier all of our staff are dedicated community-first IT Professionals and we would love to welcome more people like us into this wonder career choice.

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