Last week I finally got around to replacing the ailing SBS 2011 Server with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, prompted in part by finally migrating our email accounts to the cloud.
I was very impressed with the ease with which it is possible to setup an ‘Essentials’ server without getting too technical.
I hit a bit of a weird gotcha, however, when running the Server 2012 R2 Essentials Connector (which you download from http://servername/connect), when running the connector you are asked to provide your username and password:
No problem, I though but alas when I logged in with administrator credentials I am told “You entered an administrator account name and password” and it goes on to say “it is recommended that you use a standard account…”.
I dutifully obey and have the user enter their credentials, only for them to be told “Can’t connect this computer to the server using the user name and password credentials provided”, it then goes on to imply its because the computer is already connected (I checked – it wasn’t).
So it turns out that in spite of Microsoft’s warning against using an administrative account and recommendation to use a non-administrative account, you have to use an administrative account. Not sure what the wizard designers were thinking that day but it could send many people off on the wrong tangent, searching the server for traces of an already connected PC, etc.