Introducing Windows 10 SBS 2011 Essentials Networks

Susan Bradley has created a series of how to’s for adding Windows 10 into your small business environments. Here’s the one for SBS 2011. Look for other specific operating systems elsewhere in our blog.

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Adjust the group policy wmi filter to fix the issue where folder redirection does not work:

Instead of the WMI filter included in Essentials R2, please adjust it as follows:

Instead of select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where (Version >= “6.1%”) and ProductType= “1”

Change it to select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where Version like “10.%” or Version >=”6.1″

Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Run. Type gpmc.msc in the text box, and then click OK or press ENTER . Once you launch the group policy editor, scroll to the bottom where the wmi filters reside. Right mouse click and click edit, and bring up the filter. Now click on edit and adjust it as noted.


Alternatively remember that if you want to set up a unique wmi filter just for Windows 10 you can use to select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where Version like “10.%”

Note that you may have to edit the quotes and retype them as cut and pasting from this document may not copy over the right formatting.

Adjust the group policy to allow RDP access to Windows 10 machines

As noted in SBS 2011 Essentials (and standard) need an adjustment to allow for remote desktop and also RWA into these workstations. To add this ability a new policy and ensure it has a wmi filter so that it applies to Windows 10. Go into the WMI section, right mouse click on new. Add a new WMI filter. Call it Windows 10, For the filter value click add and merely use select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where Version like “10.%”

Click to save the filter.


Now build a new policy. Go up to the policy settings and add a new policy. Right mouse click and click on create a GPO in this domain and link it here. Name your policy. Windows 10 computers (or something equality descriptive).

The policy setting is found at :

Computer Configuration > Policies> Administrative Templates > Windows components> Remote Desktop Services> Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections >

‘Allow users to connect remotely using Remote Desktop Services’


Also set

Computer Configuration > Policies> Administrative Templates > Windows components> Remote Desktop Services> Remote Desktop Session Host > Security >

‘Set Client Encryption Level’

To Enabled and High.


As the final step, change the wmi filter to be the Windows 10 filter you set up before


For more discussion and testing with SBS 2011 essentials see

Change Windows 10’s default printer changes.

Due to a change in Windows 10 Build 1511, each time you select a new printer it will make that the default printer. To adjust this perform the following:

1. Click on Windows icon (lower left) then click Settings

2. From the Settings window, click Devices

3. From the Devices window, click Printers & scanners

4. From the Printers & scanners window, scroll down and locate the section Let Windows manage my default printer

5. You can click on the toggle button to turn the option on or off, as desired.

See here for more details:

RWA functionality:

No issues reported with RWA. You can use the Edge browser to connect to the remote web access.

For a post regarding all tests made to ensure functionality see


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