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Internet Connection Not Available Error During Anywhere Access Setup Wizard

In Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2, when setting up Anywhere Access, you may get the "Internet Connection Not Available" error at the end of the wizard.

Although I am not sure the exact item that caused the issue, here are the items I changed to resolve the issue.

  • After you receive the error, "skip" the error.
  • Go to Server Manager, Tools and choose DNS. Right click your servers name and click properties.
  • Under forwarders, add a public DNS service, like OpenDNS (208.67.222.222 & 208.67.220.220)
  • If you are running Server Essentials as a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V, under the VM properties > Network Connections, un-check Private Network.
  • Reboot the Essentials Server.
  • Don't re-run the wizard. Open the Dashboard and go to Settings > Anywhere Access, and it should appear with no errors and Anywhere Access should now work.
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