Windows 10 support on Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server

The Essentials Server team have released a blog post to highlight which client versions are supported on currently supported Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server 2011. The blog post can be read here – http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2015/07/23/client-connector-availability-with-windows-home-server-small-business-server-and-windows-server-essentials-for-supported-client-os.aspx

Basically, if you need to connect a Windows 10 client to Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2, which is probably the most common scenario, you will need to perform a manual client connector installation. A fix for the server is scheduled to be released on 17 November 2015.

Another common scenario would be the joining of the client connector for a Windows 10 client to Small Business Server 2011. In this case, 2 lines need to be added to the XML file on the server, which is located at C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Bin\WebApp\ClientDeployment\packageFiles\supportedOS.xml. Add the following 2 lines.

<OS Architecture="9" RequiredProductType="1" RequiredSuite="" ExcludedSuite="512" SPMinor="" SPMajor="" Build="10240" Minor="0" Major="10" Name="Windows 10, AMD64" id="9"/>
<OS Architecture="0" RequiredProductType="1" RequiredSuite="" ExcludedSuite="512" SPMinor="" SPMajor="" Build="10240" Minor="0" Major="10" Name="Windows 10, x86" id="10"/>

2 thoughts on “Windows 10 support on Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server”

    1. There are no Server side fixes per se. Each release of Windows 10 appears to break the connector. Here are some good resources on how to get Windows 10 onto the last few versions of Essentials and SBS (with thanks to Susan Bradley and ThirdTier).
      Introducing Windows 10 into your Essentials 2012 R2 Networks
      Introducing Windows 10 into your Essentials 2012 Networks
      Introducing Windows 10 SBS 2011 Essentials Networks
      Introducing Windows 10 into your SBS 2011 Standard Network
      Introducing Windows 10 into your SBS 2008 Networks

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