On-Premises Active Directory Synchronisation Tool For Azure Active Directory Now Available

As much as I like the simplicity that is provided by the Microsoft Online Services integration of Windows Server Essentials, there are times when you need may need to deploy a more comprehensive synchronisation solution, especially when you are dealing with larger customers. The latest in Microsoft's releases of Azure AD synchronisation tools has just…


Windows Server 2003 EOS – Active Directory Migration Resources

Following on from the first post in this series, this one focuses on some useful Active Directory Migration Resources. Step-By-Step: Adding a Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller to an Existing Windows Server 2003 network This showcases adding a Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller to an existing network first.  Migration of Active Directory from Windows Server 2003…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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Microsoft Server Readiness Training – 23 City Roadshow in 2015

In early 2015 we’re taking our Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Readiness training on the road across Australia and you’re invited to attend. Covering all the capital cities (including Darwin) as well as regional centres from Geraldton to Mudgee, this is one of our most extensive training roadshows in recent years. Now is the time…

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Windows Server Q&A From Recent OEM Events Part 2

Another two cities visited, and more Q/A that are recurring themes… When did Windows Server stop including base CALs? This change was introduced in 2012 with Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter editions If I have two Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard host servers running Hyper-V with two VMs running on each server, can I…


Windows Server Q&A From Recent OEM Events

Here are some of the questions that have been raised at OEM events over the last few events… as we still have a few more coming up I'll add new posts covering these. Please note that none of these override anything in the EULA or Product Usage Rights documentation, if they have updates that are…


Windows Server 2003 End Of Support Part 4 – Migrate Your Workloads

Now that we've gone through some of the necessary steps to prepare for the migration, it's time to migrate the different workloads. With an understanding of what is still running on Widows Server 2003, what needs to migrate when, and where to migrate to, you can make a plan and begin to migrate. But arriving…