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Windows Server 2012 Essentials Connector

What is Windows Server 2012 Essentials Connector?  (from Microsoft)

The Connector software for the Windows Server 2012 Essentials operating system connects the computers in your network to the Windows Server 2012 Essentials server. When you connect computers to the server, the Connector software enables you to automatically back up the computers and monitor their health. The Connector ...  Read more


Windows Server 2012 Essentials Connector is a software program developed by Microsoft. The most common release is 6.2.9805.6, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The setup package generally installs about 112 files and is usually about 4.66 MB (4,890,624 bytes). The installed file wsconnectorupdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 83% of users of Windows Server 2012 Essentials Connector come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj730383.aspx
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\windows server\bin
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{C1E4D639-4A33-4314-809E-89BD0EF48522}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 4.66 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Windows Server 2012 Essentials Connector

  • backupdriverinstaller.exe - Windows Server Driver installer for the Restore Files and Folders wizard
  • remotedesktopclientconfiglibrary.dll - Windows Server Remote Desktop Client Configuration Library DLL
  • wssg.o365alerts.client.dll - Windows Server Office365 Intergration Module Client Alerts
  • wssg.o365om.dll - Windows Server Office365 Intergration Module Object Model
  • wssdrivercaptureresources.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Driver Capture Resources
  • certcli.interop.dll - Windows Server Client Certificate Operation Library
  • vpnclientupdatingobjectmodel.dll - Windows Server VPN Client Updating Object Model DLL
  • clientfilebackupobjectmodel.dll - Windows Server Client File Backup Object Model DLL
  • remotedesktopclientconfig.exe - Windows Server Remote Desktop Client Configuration
  • wssg.web.domainmanagerobjectmodel.dll - Windows Server Web Domain Manager Object Model DLL
  • networkingserviceobjectmodel.dll - Windows Server Networking Helper Object Model DLL
  • serverdiscoveryobjectmodel.dll - Windows Server Server Discovery Object Model DLL
  • vpnclientupdatingprovider.dll - Windows Server VPN Client Updating Provider DLL
  • windowsupdateagent.interop.dll - Windows Server Windows Update Agent Interop DLL
  • backupresources.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Resource Library
  • certenroll.interop.dll - Windows Server Certificate Enrollment Library
  • cnetmanagement.dll - Windows Server Core Networking Management DLL
  • wssgcertmgmt.dll - Windows Server Certificate Management Library
  • microsoft.deployment.windowsinstaller.dll - Windows Server Windows Installer Library DLL
  • serverdiscoveryprovider.dll - Windows Server Server Discovery Provider DLL
  • vclistener.dll - Terminal Server Out Of Proc client TS plugin
  • backupactions.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Health Actions
  • netfwtypelib.dll - Windows Server Windows Firewall Interop DLL
  • skusupport.dll - Windows Server Client PC Backup SKU Support
  • wssdrivercapture.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Driver Capture
  • adminclientcommon.dll - Microsoft (R) Windows (R) Operating System
  • backupserverprovider.dll - BackupServerProvider
  • clientoperator.exe - Windows Server Client File Backup Operator
  • clienttools.exe
  • filebrowser.dll - Application extension for the Restore Files and Folders wizard
  • machineidentityobjectmodel.dll - Windows Server MachineIdentity ObjectModel
  • providerframeworkextended.dll - Windows Server Provider Framework Extended
  • corenethealth.dll - Windows Server Core Networking Health DLL
  • taskscheduler.interop.dll - Windows Server Task Scheduler Interop DLL
  • espcapture.dll - Windows Server Client Backup Esp Capture
  • lanconfigsvc.exe - Windows Server LAN Configuration Service
  • networkhealthengine.dll - Windows Server Network Health Engine DLL
  • providerregistryservice.exe - Windows Server Provider Registry Service
  • sqmproviderutilities.dll - Windows Server SQM Provider Utilites DLL
  • vpnclientutils.dll - Windows Server VPN Client Utilities DLL
  • wsconnectorupdate.exe - Windows Server Connector Update Service
  • certmanaged.dll - Windows Server Certificate Managed Lib
  • clientsetupcommon.dll - Windows Server Client Setup Common DLL
  • connectornotify.exe - Windows Server Connector Update Notify
  • filehistoryalerts.dll - Windows Server File History Alerts DLL
  • backupclientprovider.dll - Windows Server Backup Client Provider
  • certnative.dll - Windows Server Certificate Native Lib
  • eventlogmsg.dll - Windows Server Event Log Messages DLL
  • providerframework.dll - Windows Server Provider Framework DLL
  • wssg.powershell.dll - Windows Server Powershell Library DLL
  • cnetclient.dll - Windows Server Networking Native Lib
  • sqmnativehelper.dll - Windows Server SQM Native Helper DLL
  • addininfrastructure.dll - Windows Server Addin Infrastructure
  • mountbackup.dll - Windows Server Mount Backup API DLL
  • serverdiscovery.dll - Windows Server Server Discovery DLL
  • sku.dll - Windows Server SKU-specific library
  • skuresources.dll - Windows Server SKU resource library
  • commonres.dll - Windows Server Common resource DLL
  • identitynative.dll - Windows Server Identity Native Lib
  • noautoplay.exe - Windows Server AutoPlay Suppressor
  • sharedservicehost.exe - Windows Server Shared Service Host

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • runtask.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Backup_On_Idle' (Next runs on 8/18/2013 at 10:17 AM).
4 Services
  • sharedservicehost.exe runs as a service named 'Servicio de descarga de Windows Server' (providers_system) "Administra la descarga de complementos en el equipo.".
  • wsconnectorupdate.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Server Connector Update' (WSConnectorUpdate) "Checks for and installs Connector updates provided by Windows Server. If the service is stopped, the computer will be unable to discover or install Connector updates, and it may be unable to use some of the features that are provided by the server.".
  • lanconfigsvc.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Server LAN Configuration' (LANConfig) "Detects the presence of your server, and configures the local DNS services.".
  • providerregistryservice.exe runs as a service named 'Windows Server Service Provider Registry' (ServiceProviderRegistry) "Registers new providers on the computer and enables provider discoverability.".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • clientoperator.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ClientOperator' which loads as C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\ClientOperator.exe.
  • launchpad.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Launchpad' which loads as C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\Launchpad.exe -autostart.

How do I remove Windows Server 2012 Essentials Connector?

You can uninstall Windows Server 2012 Essentials Connector from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Windows Server 2012 Essentials Connector, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Windows Server 2012 Essentials Connector.

Win 7 (SP1) 52%
Win 10 48%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 52.08%
Windows 10 47.92%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 31.25%
Windows 8.1 Pro 15.63%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.46%
Windows 7 Home Premium 8.33%
Windows 10 Pro 7.29%
Windows 8 Pro 7.29%

Distribution by countryGeography

82.71% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 82.71%
  United Kingdom 4.51%
  Australia 3.76%
  Belgium 2.26%
  Sweden 1.50%
  Netherlands 1.50%
  Canada 1.50%
  Singapore 0.75%
  New Zealand 0.75%
  Hungary 0.75%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 41.54%
Hewlett-Packard 15.38%
Lenovo 13.85%
ASUS 9.23%
Acer 6.15%
Intel 3.08%
Apple 1.54%
Sony 1.54%
Toshiba 1.54%
American Megatrends 1.54%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 1420 2.70%
Dell OptiPlex 960 2.70%
LENOVO 4270CTO 2.70%
Dell Inspiron 570 2.70%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.70%
Dell XPS 12-9Q33 2.70%

About Microsoft

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Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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