I installed Windows Server 2012 this weekend on my new lab server and I ran in to a strange error when opening Server Manager:
“An error occured while trying to load the plug-in for 481. Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. “

An error occured while trying to load the plug-in for 481. Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation.
An error occured while trying to load the plug-in for 481. Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation.

The reason for this error is not obvious and is a bug in Windows Server 2012 RC. You will also receive the same error on the old Windows Server 8 Beta.

You are receiving this error because the server is named “server” and the “File and Storage Services” node is missing. This is solved by renaming the server to something else, like “server2”.

From what I’ve seen, there aren’t any practical issues when receiving this error except that it’s annoying. Feel free to comment this post if you’ve had any other errors related to this 🙂