You may be unable to run post-deployment configuration wizard after you install the Windows Server Essentials Experience role

You may be unable to run post-deployment configuration wizard after you install the Windows Server Essentials Experience role

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[This post comes to us courtesy of Rituraj Choudhary & Ajay Sarkaria from Commercial Technical Support]

Once the Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 setup is complete, the server reboots to the desktop and would ask you to configure Windows Server Essentials Experience role.

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After the role is installed and you run the Post-deployment Configuration Wizard, it may fail as:

Configuration encountered some issues

Please Click Retry. If the issue still exists please refer to the help link for more troubleshooting steps.

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This issue may occur if the Logon as a service Group Policy is configured under Default Domain Controller Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> User Rights Assignment.

There is an account ServerAdmin$ that is used for initial configuration and needs the logon as a service user right for the task to complete. The current workaround is to add ServerAdmin$ account to this policy:

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The configuration thereafter should continue fine.

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  • Worked on one server, but not another.

  • Same problem here. Added ServerAdmin$ account, rebooted, nothing changed. The "Preparing your server..." bar goes to 1% and then An error occured... Is there a away to reset the configuration wizard and start again from scratch? There is no way to change any options given for the configuration.

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