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…

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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 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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Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 3 Now Available

Following on from yesterday's post on Windows Server 2016 Technical Prevew 3 being available, you can also sign up for the Windows Server 2016 Essentials 2016 Technical Preview 3. I shared some information on the TP2 update a few months back, but at that time it wasn't available through the Evaluation Center, only to MSDN…

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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…


Microsoft OEM Windows Server 2012 R2 Roadshow - Week 3 Q&A

Now that week 4 of the OEM Server roadshow has kicked off, it's time to cover some of the new questions that have been raised…lots of Essentials questions, so I'll keep that as the focus for today's post. I understand the Windows Server 2012 R2 CAL requirements when I upgrade from Essentials to Standard, but…