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Brand new Server 2012 Essentials install... multiple dashboard errors

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Drashna Jaelre

If you have DNS on your server and want to use OpenDNS which is setup on your router you can just forward DNS on your server to your router.  The router then will forward to the outside DNS. The nice thing about DNS on your server is you have all your local machine names local for Microsoft use. 

Or you can just set the DNS Server on your server to forward directly to OpenDNS, and cut out the middleman (extra latency)

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In case it can help someone, here's a possible solution.

On a fresh 2012 R2 Essentials install I got Dashboard errors on every function: Add User Accounts, Add Server Folders, ...

Set up Anywhere Access errored out with "The domain was not setup for your server, please try again later"

Tried to add Remote Access role manually via Server Manager, this failed, telling server needed to restart.
Trying again, got error "
Request to list features available on the specified server failed"
Restarted several times, no solution.

The following events were generated during the failing Add Role task for Remote Access : 

- The MSSQL$MICROSOFT##WID service was unable to log on as NT SERVICE\MSSQL$MICROSOFT##WID
               with the currently configured password due to the following error: 
Logon failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer.
- The Windows Internal Database service failed to start due to the following error: 
The service did not start due to a logon failure.

Solved this following the instruction in https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2832204 :
"Assign the Log on as a service user right to NT SERVICE\ALL SERVICES in the GPO that defines the user right" :
1. in GPO Default Domain Policy > Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > User Rights Assignment: double-click, Add User or Group: NT SERVICE\ALL SERVICES
2. gpupdate /force

After doing this, the W2012 R2 Essentials Dashboard started much faster (seconds instead of slow minutes), and all the Setup tasks started working.

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