After you updated a server that is running Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials with the Update Rollup 2 for Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, you receive the warning "Computer Monitoring Error" in the Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials Launchpad or Dashboard. You receive this warning every 30 minutes.
This happens after the system installs Update Rollup 2. You find the following exceptions in the SharedServiceHost-AlertServiceConfig.log file.
120222.003152.9814: NetworkHealthEngine: Exception happened in Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.NetworkHealth.Engine.BinaryActionDefinition: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.Servicing.Alerts.MacClientUpdateCondition.Run(IActionContext context)
Additionally, this can occur when you have removed a previously connected network computer from the server.
The log file is located in the following folder:
You do not receive a warning reminding you to update your Mac client connector. There is no effect on other alerts or product features.
This occurs when one of the Alert evaluation components in Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials tries to iterate through the records of all client computers in the network. It throws an unhandled exception when the component accesses the record of a client computer that was removed.
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
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To install this hotfix, you must have Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials installed on the server.
To apply the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.
You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Update replacement information
This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.
To remove this hotfix, use the Add or Remove Programs item in Control Panel. Additionally, you must uninstall the client-side package (KB 2686872) from all client computers.
Hotfix file information
The English (United States) version of this software update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time and with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. The dates and times may also change when you perform certain operations on the files.
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2
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