Microsoft today released the Windows 10 Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. As I posted last week, while Windows Home Server 2011 & Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials are now fully working with Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials users have not been able to install the client connector for the platform on Microsoft’s latest release.

Once installed, Windows 10 PCs will be able to access the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard, Launchpad and benefit from client backup to the server.

Windows Server Essentials Connector is software that helps you connect your PC or Mac client to Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role enabled. It also enables and manages key client-side functionality of Windows Server Essentials Experience. On a PC, it provides client backup, a tray icon and the Launchpad, the Dashboard for management of remote servers, and a VPN profile with the capability of auto-dialing and monitoring client health from the server side. On a Mac, it provides health monitoring and the Launchpad.

For PCs upgraded from Windows 7 or 8.1 to 10,  you will need to manually download and install the client connector on the PC, then run setup once again. If the machine ID is the same after the upgrade, then you can expect the connection to work as normal. However if the computer name is changed during the upgrade, Windows Server Essentials will be treat the PC a new client, so you will have to leave the domain and connect to the Essentials server again. Old client backup data will be stored in the Archive folder on the Essentials server, and you can still use those archived backups to restore data back to the upgraded Windows 10 client.

Microsoft has confirmed that they are working on an automated client connector for Windows 10. It is being targeted for October 2015.

More: Microsoft Download Center




  1. Hooray! I was afraid this wouldn’t come out today, and end up as some kind of August release.

  2. It isn’t working for me. I tried both installing it on my computer and then trying to install the connector and I tried installing it on a machine not on the domain then installing the connector. Both times it errored as before.

    1. I got it working. It turns out that when you install the hotfix, it puts the Windows Server Essentials wizard in the start menu. This will connect you too the server when run. Everything worked well after that.

      1. Another example of Microsoft’s very poor design capabilities. The wizard should have launched automatically and a note should have displayed during install. How many people are going to waste tons of time wondering why the installed connector is broken.

      1. Actually, I can’t! The binding was corrupted even AFTER I reverted back. I get a dialog saying that the server is not available each time I run the most current version of the connector. I can ping the server and even access the shares. I’ll need to revert the system back to the latest backup.

  3. Doesn’t work for me either.
    I can bring up Launchpad but it insist the server is off line.
    However I can remote access the Shares and remote desktop to the sever easily.
    I reverted back to Win 8.1

    1. Unfortunately you didn’t need to, but you can blame Microsoft and their horrible UI/User flow design for the mistake. See the post above on the “wizard” that was installed.

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