Monthly Archives: January 2015

Windows 10 Technical Preview Windows ADK available for download

And the Windows 10 related releases keep coming, this time it’s a new version of the ADK which includes the Image and Fingers crossed we will see a new version of the MDT soon, it will round out the deployment releases. Grab the download here. Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 10 Technical Preview The Windows ADK enables two key scenarios: Windows deployment and Windows assessment. Windows Deployment is for OEMs and IT professionals who customize and

Updated Windows 10 Technical Preview RSAT tools available for download

A new version of the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) has been released, you can grab it here Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 Technical Preview (January 2015) Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 Technical Preview enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server Technical Preview from a remote computer that is running Windows 10 Technical Preview. Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 Technical Preview includes Server

Adding Online Services To Your Windows Server Essentials Install–Mobile Device Management

Technically I should have included this in the last post, because this is being delivered to Office 365 users, but the reason why I have separated it out is because recently the Microsoft Intune team have assumed responsibility for delivering MDM capabilities to Office 365 users, without an Intune license being required. It’s important to note that Office 365 only offers a subset of what Intune provides, but for those with basic requirements it’s a great place to start before

Adding Online Services To Your Windows Server Essentials Install–Office 365 Service Integration

In the last post you saw the ease with which users could be added to the Essentials Dashboard and have a large range of Microsoft Online Service offerings exposed for ease of integration. This post covers other Office 365 services that are exposed within the dashboard, primarily SharePoint Online and Exchange Online, but excluding the Mobile Device Management Capabilities as I will cover them in more detail in the next post. The first screen is the Office 365 view in

Adding Online Services To Your Windows Server Essentials Install–User Account Integration

In the previous posts in this series I enabled the integration of the Essentials Dashboard with Azure AD, Office 365 and Windows Intune, so now it’s time to take a look at how this integrations with the user account experience. As with most things related to Essentials, all we need to do is jump into the Dashboard and we can see what it is capable of delivering. Inside the Dashboard we just go to Users, and on the right hand

Adding Online Services To Your Windows Server Essentials Install–Microsoft Intune

Now that Azure AD and Office 365 are integrated into the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard, it’s time for the final piece of user account integration, this time with Microsoft Intune. As the role of Intune grows as part of Microsoft’s other online offerings, now providing MDM capabilities for Office 365 and a core component of the Enterprise Mobility Suite, the benefits that it brings will be widely seen amongst Microsoft’s user base. The screenshot above picks up where we left

Adding Online Services To Your Windows Server Essentials Install–Office 365

In yesterday’s post I introduced the integration of Microsoft Online Services into Essentials and started off by enabling Microsoft Azure Active Directory Integration, and today I’ll run through the process for enabling Office 365 integration. Picking up where we left off last time, you can see that within the Essentials Dashboard I have already enabled the Azure AD integration. The next step is to select the Integrate with Microsoft Office 365 option on the right hand side of the screen.

Adding Online Services To Your Windows Server Essentials Install–Introduction

Shortly after the release of Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Microsoft released the Microsoft Online Services Integration Module as an optional download that allowed easy integration between Office 365 and your on-premises Active Directory environment. With the Essentials roles and editions of Windows Server 2012 and R2, it’s an out of box component, and offers some flexibility and features that really help with the initial integration, but also the ongoing maintenance of the user accounts and licenses. Over the next


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