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 ( &
  • 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.