Fix: Windows 10 1903 breaks Windows Server 2016 Essentials Connector


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Issue

After upgrading Windows 10 Client computers that are connected to Windows Server 2016 Essentials you will find that the WSE Client connector is broken, you will also note that all WSE Client Services are no longer shown in Services and are no longer registered.

These services are no longer registered:

Windows Server Essentials Provider Registry Service
ServiceProviderRegistry
"C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\WseClientSvc.exe" "C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\ProviderRegistryService.exe"
Windows Server Essentials Notification Service
WseNtfSvc
"C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\WseClientSvc.exe" "C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\SharedServiceHost.exe" "C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\NotificationServiceConfig"
Windows Server Essentials Health Service
WseHealthSvc
"C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\WseClientSvc.exe" "C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\SharedServiceHost.exe" "C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\HealthServiceConfig"
Windows Server Essentials Client Computer Monitoring Service
WseClientMonitorSvc
"C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\WseClientSvc.exe" "C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\WseClientMonitorSvc.exe" "C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\NotificationServiceConfig"
Windows Server Essentials Client Computer Management Service
WseClientMgmtSvc
"C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\WseClientSvc.exe" "C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\SharedServiceHost.exe" "C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\ClientMgmtServiceConfig"

Solution

We found that a non-destructive solution is possible.

  •  Uninstall "Client Connector for Windows Server Essentials"
  • Remove Scheduled Tasks - Path Microsoft\Windows\Windows Server Essentials (remove each task then the folder)
  • No reboot required

Now navigate to HTTPS:\\[YourWSEServer]\connect and reinstall the connector

Client machine may reboot (some did others did not)

Test by performing a Manual Client Backup.

 


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