Windows Server 2012 Essentials–Windows 10

logo_thumb1Microsoft published a helpful blog post and table of the various Client OSs supported by the various Essentials Server versions, and any known issues or workarounds required to get them to work.

Today, i am focussing on 2012 Essentials, and Windows 10.

Here is the overview table from the Blog Post.


Server 2012 Essentials

Installing the connector on Windows 10 should be fully supported, and work perfectly according to Microsoft.

Sure enough, the connector install went as smoothly as possible, and client showed up in the Dashboard .


No issues opening the Dashboard from the Windows 10 client either.

Dashboard Remote

Client PC Backup

A manual backup worked successfully, and took around 15 minutes.

Manual Backup

A simple restore also worked without any issues, remembering you need to launch the Dashboard on the client PC itself, not the server.


I will leave the Bare Metal Restore (BMR) until a little later.

Remote Web Application (Remote Web Workplace, Remote Web Access)

Now we can take a look at the RWA feature, which provides remote access into our workstations and files etc.

I am going to attempt to RDP into my Windows 10 client.

A good start is that it shows as Available.


Clicking on the PC connects us without any issues, just the usual SSL confirmations and authentication prompts.


I have to be honest and say this puzzled me somewhat. If you read my post on SBS 2011 and Windows 10, you will have seen that RDP connections were disabled and i had to enable a GPO to allow them. It is possible of course that part of the 2012 Connector install switches this to ‘On’ for that very reason, However it is worth also noting that it has been enabled with the less secure option to ‘not require NLA’.

RDP Settings

The next test requires moving the Windows 10 out to an external network.

Actually this is two tests, firstly to see if the LAN Configuration Service works, second to see how RWA performs from the Windows 10 client.


I am happy to say that the LAN Configuration Service does appear to work in this instance. Of course you are given the opportunity to disable that Service if you choose to.

So moving on to the Remote Desktop test, as with SBS 2011 Essentials, clicking on a PC in the RWA screen will generate an RDP File.


Ah! Error.


Bit of head scratching, and of course the culprit was DNS.  After fixing that, we can connect as expected.


Bare Metal Restore

I had lots of fun and games with 2011 Essentials and BMR so i am hoping that 2012 will be a bit easier!


Indeed it was a lot simpler to do a BMR with 2012 Essentials, and again, it worked without issue.


Rename your PC

So the last thing to look at is renaming the client PC.

When i looked at this recently it was a straight forward operation so how does that compare to Windows 10?




Folder Redirection

If you are interested in modifying your WMI filters for Windows 10 please see my post on Essentials 2012 R2.

That about sums up Windows 10 and Server 2012 Essentials, unless you can think of anything else?

About Robert Pearman
Robert Pearman is a UK based Small Business Server enthusiast. He has been working within the SMB IT Industry for what feels like forever. Robert likes Piña colada and taking walks in the rain, on occasion he also enjoys writing about Small Business Technology like Windows Server Essentials or more recently writing PowerShell Scripts. If you're in trouble, and you can find him, maybe you can ask him a question.

9 Responses to Windows Server 2012 Essentials–Windows 10

  1. Eliezer Reyes says:

    Mine can’t connect. I’m running Windows 10 Pro and Windows Server 2012 Essentials. Any specific settings? All I get are errors about not finding the server, or it just can’t connect. The Connector software can’t seem to be downloaded from Microsoft, only directly from the server. I’ve tried many variations and ways to no avail, and most tutorials or tips are geared toward Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2.

  2. nkb says:

    I also have upgraded from win 7 home premium to win 10, I run the windows server 2012 essentials connector downloaded from the server. When installing the connector, it finds the server, pops up a box about .NET version 4.5 or higher is required, click next, appears to install then nothing….. Any help pls ;-)

  3. I can not remove computers from the dashboard server 2012r2 I get a message that there is something wrong with the backup database. how do I fix?

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