Category Archives: SBS

Windows Server Essentials 2016 Technical Preview 3 Microsoft Online Services Integration Part 3

In the last post I ran enabled Azure Active Directory, Office 365 and Intune integration, now it’s time to see how this integrates with the local user administration experience. To start with, let’s take a look at the Microsoft Cloud Services Integration screen to verify that we have enabled the 3 user related options.   Moving across to the Users tab, we can see that we only have an administrator added, so it’s time to add a use account from

Windows Server Essentials 2016 Technical Preview 3 Microsoft Online Services Integration Part 2

In the last post I gave an overview of some of the Essentials capabilities, now it’s time to start looking a bit more closely at the Microsoft Cloud Services Integration features. Up first we have the Azure Active Directory Integration, which lays the groundwork for the Office 365 and Intune integration. On the right hand side we click Integrate with Microsoft Azure Active Directory to launch the wizard. The first thing that Essentials does is download the Microsoft Service Integration

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–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.

Best Of Both Worlds Training July 2014

This month I’m delivering the Best Of Both Worlds training for Microsoft’s OEM team, covering Windows Server and Office 365 integration opportunities.   Best Of Both Worlds July 2014

R.I.P. Small Business Server, Welcome Windows Server 2012 Essentials continued…

I’ve received a few messages from those I’ve worked with in the SBS community over the years, and while I can understand some of the emotional responses that are taking place, I still see this move as inevitable based on what I previously posted. I want this post to be seen as more of a what to do next discussion starter, because if you haven’t started working with cloud solutions, even in a limited or test environment, you have some

R.I.P. Small Business Server, Welcome Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Today on the SBS Blog it was announced that the successor to SBS 2011 Essentials is going to be called Windows Server 2012 Essentials, and that  there would be no replacement for SBS 2011 Standard. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise, the writing has been on the wall for SBS as we knew it for a long time, but some just weren’t seeing it there. This announcement doesn’t have the emotional impact on me that I know it is


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