The Windows Server Essentials Management Service


After connecting my external USB drive used for backups of my Windows Server 2022 running WSEE I attempted to setup backup which initially appeared to work. However all users and devices then disappeared from the console. I’ve since found that The Windows Server Essentials Management Service service had terminated unexpectedly. It now does this everytime I try to start it.

I’ve disconnected the USB backup drive and restarted. I’ve also attempted to reinstall the last update (19) of WSEE but it still fails to start.

Nothing useful in the Event Logs to help diagnose.

Anyone else seen this or know how to fix it please?

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I’m not exactly sure why the management service would be failing to start/run for you. Have you tried looking in the Essentials server’s Logs folder to see if you can locate a log file that contains the reason why the service is failing? The Essentials server’s Logs folder is located at:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Server\Logs

I typically sort the folder by date modified (so that the newest log files are shown up at the top), and then I open them up in Notepad and start looking (from the bottom up) for entries that could be directly related to the issue I’m having.

Best of luck.

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After a delete of server backup things are up and running (use in powershell: wbadmin delete catalog)
Seems to be long standing bug.
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