Saturday, 23 March 2013

Essentials server connect computer wizard fails

When connecting a PC to an Essentials 2012 server using the Connect wizard the other day we ran into the good old message "Another installation is in progress" - we checked for any msiexec.exe processes running and there were none. The next not so obvious place to look was the registry. I had a feeling that it could be the PendingFileRename keys I've run into a few times before, usually with Symantec Endpoint installations.

Navigate to the below keys and delete the PendingFileRename keys you find.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet001\Control\SessionManager\PendingFileRenameOperations


Always backup your registry before doing anything with it, even if you know what you're doing!

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