Category Archives: Technical Preview

Join me on the Powered by MVP: Windows 10 IT Pro Readiness Webcast

Tomorrow I will be co-presenting with Arnav Sharma, who is also MVP for Windows IT Pro, as we do a whirlwind tour of what’s new and updated with Windows 10, as well as some of the coming udpates. Make sure to register here. The MVP Award and the Windows IT Pro teams are pleased to offer a series of *free* live webcasts worldwide to provide awareness and first hand guidance about Windows 10 Enterprise for IT Pros. The webcasts will be delivered

Windows Server 2016 Essentials TP3 Integration With Azure Virtual Networks Part 3

In the previous two posts I configured an Azure Virtual Network from inside of Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 3 and then built a Windows Server virtual machine inside of that virtual network, and then joined it to the on-premises domain. In this post I’ll focus on how you can now leverage Server Manager to perform management tasks on that remote server. I have Server Manager open in my on-premises Essentials installation, and as you can see the roles

Windows Server Essentials Tech Preview 3 Integration With Azure Virtual Networks Part 1

I’ve previously posted about the Office 365, Azure Active Directory and Intune integration with Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 3, now it’s time to start looking at some of the other Azure integration pieces, starting with the Azure Virtual Network integration. Before taking a look at what’s required to get this working, it’s worth discussing what the scenarios might be for leveraging this capability. Simply put, if you need to extend your network into the Azure for the purpose

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

Windows Server Essentials 2016 Technical Preview 3 Microsoft Online Services Integration Part 1

A few weeks ago Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 3 became available, and now it’s time to jump in and take a look at some of the Microsoft Online Services integration capabilities. While there are some portions that look like they have been lifted straight from Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, some new capabilities and interface changes have crept through in some areas. For this series of posts stick primarily to screenshots with some explanation of what’s going on

From the Microsoft Australia SmartHQ site… Windows 10 is coming soon

I received this today from the Australian SmartHQ site and thought it was a good thing to pass along… Having trouble reading this email? View as web page » Windows 10 is coming. Dear Mark, Join us on the journey as we get ready to launch the best Windows yet. When will Windows 10 be available? Release planned for Australian Winter 2015. Windows 10 information and news To find out about Windows 10 and to keep up to date with

Free ebook: Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition

Ed Bott has released a new title, Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition. Head on over to the Microsoft Press blog to see more details, and you can grab the PDF now.

The Latest Windows 10 Technical Preview Resources

There is an increasing amount of Windows 10 Technical Preview information available on microsoft.com, here are some of the resources focused on the Insider Preview. Windows 10 Enterprise Insider Preview system requirements What’s New In Windows 10 Device Guard overview Device management overview Enterprise Data Protection overview Microsoft Passport overview Provisioning packages overview Untrusted font blocking overview Windows 10 Enterprise Insider Preview: FAQ for IT professionals Try it out: Windows 10 Enterprise Insider Preview How to use Windows 10 Insider Preview

Windows ADK Release Candidate available

The release candidate is now available, you can grab it here. Download the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) RC for Windows 10 to install tools and documentation for OEMs and ODMs to customize Windows 10 images, assess the quality and performance of systems or components, and to deploy Windows operating systems to new computers. The Windows ADK includes Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (Windows ICD), the Windows Assessment Toolkit, the Windows Performance Toolkit, and several new and improved deployment


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