SBS 2011 Standard – Disable TLS 1.0

SSLPost Updated 05/07/16

So you have completed a PCI Compliance scan, and you need to disable TLS 1.0?

You may have found the instructions here from TechNet which explain how to edit the registry to disable TLS 1.0, SSL 2.0 and SSL 3.0. What they don’t go onto explain is that this will break your RDP/RDP Gateway Connections.

Given that , as I understand it, the requirement to disable TLS 1.0 is being enforced from June 2016 I thought it was worth running through and sharing the process.

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Remote Desktop Gateway SSL Error, or Network Access Protection LIES!!!

Your computer can’t connect to the remote computer because your computer or device did not pass the Network Access Protection requirements set by your administrator.

Had an email from a friend today, who had an Essentials 2012 R2 Server with a problem when trying to use the Remote Desktop feature of RWA. They were presented with this warning message,

Your computer cannot connect to the remote computer because your computer or device did not pass the Network Access Protection requirements set by your network administrator.  Contact your network administrator for assistance

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Windows Server 2012 Essentials : Media Streaming Problems?

Lumia 820I recently got myself a Nokia Lumia 820, and one of the benefits of having this Windows phone, (apart from looking like the coolest kid in school) is that i get to use the very funky My Server App. This App is nothing new of course, and SBS Essentials (and lest we forget, Home Server) also had similar Apps, very useful they are too, if like me, you are completely unable to function unless you have access to your server, from everywhere. The 2012 Era App has some differences over the 2011 version, but my post today is not really about the App itself. I was just using the App as a nice way to show off about my new phone.

So, to business. I was reading a forum question about Media Streaming, and how to go about troubleshooting.

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Windows Server 2012 Essentials, An Error prevented the Dashboard from opening

Windows Server 2012 Essentials LogoThis is an issue that has caught me out once or twice in my testing and general messing about with Essentials over the last age, and also someone in the forum just posted a question along these lines so i thought it worth a post. I have been struggling with a bit of ‘writers block’* recently and this seemed to be something easy to get back into blogging again with.

* I do not consider myself to be a writer, merely a lazy admin who had nothing interesting to say.

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Manually creating a Certificate Request Windows Server 2012 Essentials (Essentials R2 & SBS 2011)

padlockFollowing on from my recent post about SSL issues, another topic of conversation is the actual SSL installation process for the RWA.

Again i have blogged on that before, and the new Essentials 2012 wizard makes the process a lot lot easier. However if you get stuck with generating a CSR (Certificate Signing Request) then you can always use IIS to do this for you.

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SBS, Essentials, RWA and SSL

padlockI have blogged before about setting up the RWA on Essentials, we all remember that mammoth post right?

The countless hours we wasted trying to make the wizard work, troubleshooting certificates with GoDaddy, Enom, Microsoft and that’s before you worry about where your domain name is hosted. Thankfully, or should it be, mercifully, in Essentials 2012 the whole wizard process is a lot cleaner and dare i say more intuitive.

That is, however, unless you lack an understanding of what this stuff actually does and how it works.

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Renew your SSL Certificate : SBS 2011 Essentials

sbse-conIt has been a year since i first went through the process of installing a Third Party SSL certificate onto my SBS Essentials server.

I going through the renewal process, so i thought it might be an idea to document and blog it in case anyone else is also doing this.

SSL Certificates and renewals, are one of the topics i am asked about most frequently. Read more of this post

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