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Microsoft provides users running Windows Essentials with an easy to use dashboard for administering their user and computers on the network. Most experienced IT admins will connect their computers to the domain in the traditional manner, but to get the most out of the Essentials, admins may need to connect the computers via different means. The method in Essentials installs some extra software on the workstation which gives the server a ‘deeper’ connection to the workstation itself. It will also allow the Essentials dashboard to officially recognise the connected computers.


The Problem


Either of the following are true:

  • The Essentials dashboard is not displaying any workstations under the ‘Devices’ tab.
  • When attempting to give a user access to a workstation (from the Essentials dashboard), no devices are shown.

The Fix

This occurs when the target machine has not been connected to the domain via http://DomainController/connect.

Navigate to the URL and run the connect application. IT will then be added to devices under the Essentials dashboard.


 You can find more information here from Microsoft.