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.