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…

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Windows 10, Azure Active Directory Join and Microsoft Intune Enrolment Part 2

In the last post I covered what the end user AAD Join experience could look like, depending on how the underlying cloud services are configured, and in this post I’ll explain some of the configuration settings that are exposed in Azure Active Directory and Intune. Let’s start with the Azure Active Directory configuration settings. In…


Windows 10, Azure Active Directory Join and Microsoft Intune Enrolment Part 1

In the last OEM Australia video update I included a demonstration of one of the new capabilities in Windows 10 that I’m a big fan of, whic is the ability to join Azure Active Directory. Here I’ll do a quick walk through of what you see on the Windows 10 client, and what needs to be…

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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…


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.  …

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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…

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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…

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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 Essentials Technical Preview 2 Cloud Integration Services

With the updated Technical Preview for Windows Server, we can take a look at some of the changes that are now in the Essentials component. There are no major surprises here, instead we see a natural extension into additional services that Microsoft's Azure platform now delivers. This will just be a high level overview, I'll…