New Windows Admin Center Videos available

This week I’ve been on the road with Dell talking about what’s new with Windows Server, so the timing of last week’s Windows Admin Center announcement was absolutely perfect. Introduction to Windows Admin Center Windows Admin Center (formerly Project Honolulu) is the future of server management. It’s a locally deployed, browser-based GUI management solution that…


Hyper-Converged Solution Roadshow Resources

This post is a list of resources that I reference during the Dell EMC and Microsoft Hyper-converged solution partner launch. I’ll add more based on the questions that get asked over the course of the week. Windows Server-Software Defined (WSSD) program The technical value of WSSD validated HCI solutions, part 1 The technical value of WSSD…


Download the Truly consistent hybrid cloud with Microsoft Azure whitepaper

If you are planning on integrating and extending your on-premises infrastructure with Azure, download the Truly consistent hybrid cloud with Microsoft Azure whitepaper. What does it cover? It focuses on the following four pillars… Common Identity When users access applications, they shouldn’t need to worry about whether those applications are running on-premises or in the cloud. Providing consistent…


The Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008/R2 End Of Support Countdown Has Begun

While it might seem early to some, those of you who haven’t started thinking about the next steps for your Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 should start planning for January 14, 2020. Now more than ever the conversation needs to ensure that security is a leading topic, so here are…


On Demand: Add the power of Microsoft Azure to your Windows Server workloads

The recording for this should be available shortly, and you can register to watch it here. I was able to watch this earlier today when it was live, and I strongly encourage you to take a look, especially if you want to see some short sharp demonstrations including Azure File Sync and moving an IIS…


Webcast: How to leverage Azure for your Windows Server environment

Somehow I missed this announcement until today, but the Windows Server team are running a webinar on leveraging Windows Server with Azure in our early hours tomorrow morning. I’m not a get out of bed in the middle of the night to watch something that I know will be recorded and made available, so register…


Windows Server, version 1709 and the OEM Channel

Edit: I’ve updated this post because of a few conversations I’ve had with fellow IT Pros who I thought were aware that this release didn’t impact the availability of the RTM editions of Windows Server 2016 – Standard, Datacenter and Essentials. There is quite a bit of misinformation out there so make sure you take…


Updates To Remote Desktop Services

Over on the Microsoft Mechanics channel on YouTube is a new video covering some of the updates to RDS. The topics covered include Security, including integration with Azure Active Directory, cloud scale and HTML5 browser based experiences. It’s just under 12 minutes long, so take a look to see demonstrations of new capabilities including MFA…

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Ignite 2017 – Windows Server 2016 Networking Sessions

It’s almost that time of year, Microsoft’s Ignite event takes place in September, and here are a few of the sessions that focus on Windows Server 2016 networking to help give you an idea of which ones you might want to consider attending, or alternatively, and more likely for the majority, watch online after the fact…


Ignite 2017 – Windows Server 2016 Storage Focused Sessions

It’s almost that time of year, Microsoft’s Ignite event takes place in September, and here are a few of the sessions that focus on Windows Server 2016 storage to help give you an idea of which ones you might want to consider attending, or alternatively, and more likely for the majority, watch online after the…