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Computers not available for remote web access - Server 2012 Essentials

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Hi there

I wonder if anyone has managed to get around the connect tool on Microsoft Server 2012 Essentials for joining PC's to the domain?
I recently migrated a customer to Essentials 2012 from sbs2003. in Sbs 2003 and 2008 you were able to move the computer to the SBS OU with the remote access GP and they would show up
There where several errors joining some windows 7 machines to the domain which I simply did not have the time to chase my tail with and was forced to manually join as work had to continue, this is the real world after all! Manually joined they are fully operational but do not show up in the server dashboard or in remote web access.

I am not interested in solutions relating to unjoining the pc's from the domain and rejoining using the connect tool. What I am after is a workaround! haha

Being essentials 2012 it appears that we have a different animal than regular old sbs that could be tickled into doing what you ask of it. Surely there is a powershell script or something :)

Thanks in advance
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well that worked great on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
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The hack was to add this to the registry from a admin enabled cmd prompt.

reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Server\ClientDeployment" /v SkipDomainJoin /t REG_DWORD /d 1

then run the connect tool http://servername/connect
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