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Essentials Role in Server 2012 R2 broken

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We have a Hyper-V based system with a DC (2012 r2) vm and an Exchange 2013 vm.

I have connected our laptops and workstations (various OS including XP, Win7 and Win 8.1) and these are behaving as expected especially with WSUS.

Our Win 10 enterprise appeared OK with version 1511 and this was upgraded to 1607 through WSUS but then WSUS and the Win 10 PC stopped communicating.

After some hours of research and trials I found  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40285 and decided to try it.

Not fully understanding the installation instructions I installed  WSEClient-x64.msi  onto the DC server.  When I uninstalled it the services "Windows Server Essentials" services Email, Management and Media Streaming stopped and I cannot restart them.  The computer backup service has since stopped and the dashboard will not open.

I get Error 1075: "The dependency service does not exist or has been marked for deletion." when I try start the Windows Server Essentials Management Service.

Any ideas
Thanks
Brian
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"upgraded to 1607 through WSUS but then WSUS and the Win 10 PC stopped communicating." - that is a known bug which was fixed by the september cumulative update for Win10 v1607. Download it and deploy it using a start script:
wusa "\\server\share\AMD64-all-windows10.0-kb3193494-x64_171738fb9de59d92ccc90c3c0788afa2a3625f61.msu" /quiet /forcerestart

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(note that the downloaded file name will vary because there is already a later (october) cumulative update available).
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Thanks - that worked - its now installing some updates.

Just need to fix my DC server now
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I'd like to help, but this "Windows Server Essentials Connector" is unknown to me. Did you try and uninstall it?
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by:Eur0star1
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Yes
I wrongly installed it on the server instead of the client.
Later I uninstalled from the server and the problem started then.

the following gives a little more info:
 http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php?/topic/30696-windows-10-in-place-upgrade-information-for-essentials-2012r2/
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No idea. It's funny that it could even happen at all.
But it is serious. So if you have no backup of your AD, I'd quickly open a case with Microsoft and have them fix it.
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Although not the full answer it appears to resolve the issue with 2012 r2 / Windows 10 and WSUS.
I will recover the DC VM from an earlier backup and hopefully work around the Essentials issues.
Thanks
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