Adding Server 2008 (R2) to Server Essentials (WSE) 2016 Dashboard for Access Anywhere

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I have a small business up and running on the below config:
WSE - Windows Server Essentials 2016
RDP/RDS - Remote Desktop Services Server - Windows Server 2008 R2 (client software is not compatible with a newer RDP OS)

We have this working with the built-in WSE VPN and RDP to the Remote Desktop server, though company wished to use the Access Anywhere (formerly RWW) web page.

Issue we have is "connecting" the 2008 R2 server to WSE, so it will appear in the WSE Dashboard and therefore Access Anywhere web page.  When trying to run the WSE Connector (from either http://server/connect - or download from MS) we get he attached error: "Windows Server Essentials Connector is not supported to be installed on this version of Windows." "The connector supports computers running Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1"  

Server has been joined to the domain with no issues, though the Connector won't work to setup the server in WSE dashboard.

Everything I have found online appears to be for WSE 2012 and 2012 (R2), and that this should work on 2012.... what about 2016?

Is there some way to manually add a server to the Dashboard?  Or how can I add this server to 2016 WSE?

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MS significantly changed the Management UI for Remote Desktop Services in Server 2012, and Server 2008 is not compatible with the controls used to manage RDS using the management system in Server 2012, so it is much more difficult to manage a Server 2008 RDS farm from Server 2012's console. You have to manage it from the Server 2008's console instead. In addition, WSE was first released with Server 2012, and while you can manage Server 2008 from the Server Management utility in 2012 and later, you cannot effectively manage it with WSE.


Thanks, great to have that clarified....
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems Administrator

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