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Configuration encountered some issues when you try run Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard, please restart the server

Sometimes you run into an issue where you cannot finish the Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard. It tells you in a very cryptic way that it encountered ‘some issues’ and if you click on the link in the error message you end up nowhere. Instead of clicking on that link and getting even more frustrated follow the steps in this little guide and all will be fine.

This error occurs on Windows Server 2012 R2 or 2016 Standard edition where you install the Essentials Experience as a separate role or on the Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 or 2016 version which is the one limited to 25 users or 50 computers.

Configuration encountered some issues when you try run Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard, please restart the serverIf you dig a bit deeper and look in the System log you will find several 7000 errors like in this screenshot.

Make a note of any user that is logged in error 7041 because that is the user that needs to be added to the ‘Logon as a service’ in the Default Domain Controllers Policy. Depending on the version of your server it can be only domain\ServerAdmin$ but sometimes we see also domain\MediaAdmin$. If you see both you need to add both of them to the ‘Logon as a Service’ permission in the Default Domain Controllers Policy.

Configuration encountered some issues when you try run Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard, please restart the server

Here is how we fix that.

  1. From the Server Manager click Tools and then start Group Policy Management
    Configuration encountered some issues when you try run Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard, please restart the server
  2. Choose the Default Domain Controllers Policy, right-click and choose Edit
    Configuration encountered some issues when you try run Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard, please restart the server
  3. Use the screenshot to drill down to User Right Assignments in the Computer Configuration.
    Configuration encountered some issues when you try run Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard, please restart the server
  4. Double-click Log on as a Service and add the accounts you see in the 7041 error as shown above and check ‘Define these policy settings’.
    Configuration encountered some issues when you try run Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard, please restart the server
  5. We have set Log on as a service for that user. Do not get confused by the other settings as this server was part of a migration from SBS 2003 to Windows Server 2016 with the Essentials Experience role added where this problem occurred.
    Configuration encountered some issues when you try run Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard, please restart the server
  6. Open an elevated command prompt
    Configuration encountered some issues when you try run Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard, please restart the server
  7. Type gpupdate /force
    Configuration encountered some issues when you try run Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard, please restart the server
  8. Start the Post-Deployment configuration wizard again to configure Windows Server Essentials.
    Configuration encountered some issues when you try run Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard, please restart the server
  9. And this should now finish without problems.
    Configuration encountered some issues when you try run Windows Server Essentials configuration wizard, please restart the server

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