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2016 Essentials – Anywhere Access setup fails

When setting up new 2016 Essentials or really any version of Essentials and you’re trying to create/add a domain to append to the remotewebaccess.com domain name the UI wizard fails with this error window:

An error occurred while setting up your domain name: The domain name was not setup for your server. Wait a few minutes and run the wizard again. An unknown error occurred.

No matter how much time you wait, the same error pops up each time. The problem isn’t DNS, or the server itself but rather the Cert revocation checks for .Net Framework!!

To fix this you have to create a .reg file (call it what you want but it has to include the following settings:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00





After making the reg file, merge, REBOOT the server or the Anywhere access wizard may still show above error message. After reboot, open Essentials Console and re-rerun the Anywhere Access wizard, user a Hotmail account to create the domain <customer>.remotewebaccess.com. Then click the wizard to install VPN and Remote Desktop Make sure the router and ISP are forwarding port 443 to the Essentials server.

Hope this helps everyone that runs into this issue. It’s a frustrating one and not many solutions out there.

Categories: Active Directory
  1. 2022/10/02 at 6:55 AM

    Thanks very much, worked like a charm !!!

  2. 2022/10/03 at 5:29 AM

    Thanks for passing it forward. This is info Msft doesn’t share enough.

  1. 2022/10/03 at 5:00 AM

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