Unravelling the mystery of Client DNS with Essentials family Servers

Logo1Probably the best title for a blog post ever right? Having seen and read about a lot of people struggling with DNS resolution problems with their clients on Essentials (2011/2012) networks, and also some dubious advice being given out  for how to ‘resolve’ these problems i thought i would try and get into some deep level explanation of how, and why Essentials does what it does.

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Windows Server 2012 Essentials : After Transmog SILSVC Error

TransmogBack in November, a chap in the Forum had dipped his toe into the world of Transmogging, and encountered an error that was being thrown up in the logs after the process had completed.

The SILSVC should be started automatically but it is stopped.

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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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Quick Fix: Transmogged Essentials 2012 no UR1?

Did you Transmog your Essentials 2012 Server to remove the 25 User Limit?

Following the release recently of UR1 for Windows Server 2012 Essentials, we have learned that it is not being automatically offered to you, if your server has been transmogged.

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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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Quick Fix: Reset Windows Firewall SBS & Windows Server Essentials

windows firewallWhilst troubleshooting a problem on a server, have you ever reset Windows Firewall back to Defaults?

It would seem like a logical step in some cases, however it could have unexpected consequences. Read more of this post

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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