Server Dashboard Missing after transition from Server 2012 Essential to 2012 Standard RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello All, We have transitioned server 2012 essential to 2012 standard using DISM command line tool and since then we are facing 2 major issues. 

    1) - Server Dashboard is missing and not able to see anything inside (c:\programme files\windows server\bin).

    2) - Getting error online-server not able to load WMI providers on target server.

    Your suggestions and advice are greatly appreciated.

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:16 PM

All replies

  • Hi Pankul,

    If some tasks had performed by the Turn off Windows Server 2012 Essentials Features Wizard, and it is possible not complete successfully. In some cases, this can prevent the Dashboard from running. If this occurs, you can start the wizard manually by running the file:
    %systemdrive%\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\TurnOffFeaturesWizard.exe

    For more detailed information, please refer to this article:

    Transition from Windows Server 2012 Essentials to Windows Server 2012 Standard

    For the second issue of the WMI provider load failure, sometimes the security policy can also prevent loading WMI providers, please try to turn off UAC, and also check if all the dlls are properly registered.

    For more detailed information, please refer to this article:

    How to: Fix Provider Load Failure Error

    In addition, if the methods above can not work, you can also try to troubleshoot this issue with powershell, to narrow down the issue WMI provider and class, with the name of the WMI provider and the name of the WMI class, you can start and analyse a trace log to find the cause:

    Use PowerShell to Troubleshoot "Provider Load Failure"

    Best Regards,


    Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:21 PM
  • Hello Anna, 

    thanks for your prompt response but TurnOffFeaturesWizard.exe is missing from bin folder. 

    Any pointers would be highly appreciated.

    Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:56 PM
  • I just transitioned an Essentials Server to Standard and now experiencing the exact same scenario. Everything worked fine at first, but after a couple of days this happened and it appears to have occurred after Windows Update.

    Did anyone find a way to recover? 

    Monday, December 28, 2015 4:36 PM