Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter – Today Versus Tomorrow's VIrtualisation Requirements Part 1

Today's post and the next in this series continues on the Windows Server Datacenter focus, but this time round the emphasis is on the reasons why you may have deployed it traditionally, versus tomorrow's requirements. I will address the current on-premises Microsoft technologies you may have been using, as well as moving through the various…

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Preparing Your Customers For Upcoming Office 365 Pro Plus Upgrades

One of the things that has been quietly happening behind the scenes for Office 365 customers is that they have been receiving updates in a very efficient manner via Click-To-Run, rather than through traditional Microsoft/Windows Update. The monthly updates are pulled down as a delta, and can be deployed with very little impact to user…


Deploying Office 2016 To Your Customers

There have been some important changes around the way Office 2016 can be deployed, so it's time for a post to cover some of these off so that you can plan for them. The ones that I'll focus on today include Current Branch For Business, automatic updates for subscribers, and the updated Office Deployment Kit….


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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Webinar – Office 2016 is coming Wednesday 23rd September

The Australian OEM team is running two webinars on Office 2016 on the 24th of September, details below… When will Office 2016 be available? Wednesday 23rd September. Join us for an Office 2016 Webinar Find out all about the new Office and have your questions answered. Choose the time that suits you best: Thursday 24th…


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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Ignite Sessions For OEM and System Builder Partners – What's Next With Office

During the just completed OEM Windows Server 2012 R2 Roadshow I mentioned several ways of keeping up with different products and technologies, and that I would create a few posts that cover these in more detail. This is the next post in that series, and it is focused on the sessions that were delivered at…