Category Archives: Windows Server Essentials Experience

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 2016 Essentials TP3 Integration With Azure Virtual Networks Part 2

In the last post I covered what was required (very little, apart from an Azure subscription!) with Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 3 to set up an Azure Virtual Network, but and today I’ll switch over to the Azure management portal so that we can see what was created for us. If you don’t have an Azure subscription to test with, just go to www.azure.com and sign up for a 30 day trial. Selecting Networks on the left hand

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 Online Services Integration Part 4

We can move on to more of the integration features, where the focus is on reducing some of the requirement to sign in to the web portals for the different online services. One of the important things to mention here is that the Essentials Dashboard is not trying to replace the need to access the different online admin consoles, that would be a monumental task to undertake, and it would need to be updated constantly to take into consideration all

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

Windows 10 Client Connector Update for Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 Released

In most cases, the need for customers to get this file urgently isn’t too big an issue yet because most of the PCs in an Essentials environment will be domain joined, and thus won’t receive an automatic update. You can grab the download here. Here are the details from the download page. Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server Essentials Connector is software that helps you connect your PC or Mac client to Windows Server 2012

March Training Events – Business Anywhere

Next month I’ll be delivering the following events in three locations around Australia. Good news for SMB partners is the Enterprise Mobility Suite has been added to the official content, so if you are looking for an introduction to that, this would be a place great to start. Learn to build and deliver solutions that help small and midsize organizations enable the mobile workforce, while ensuring better-managed devices and access control. This course will cover a range of the latest

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


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