Ignite Sessions For OEM and System Builder Partners – Office Deployment

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…


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…


Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant – SharePoint Server

While most SMB exposure to SharePoint is via the included SharePoint Team Services or SharePoint Foundation that was included in Small Business Server, so the complexity of solutions used is generally quite low, normally revolving around team sites and document libraries, rather than the advanced development and workflow capabilities that SharePoint Server traditionally provides. The…


Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant – Exchange Server

Exchange is generally one of the first Microsoft workloads that SMB customers move to the cloud, and usually through a hosted option such as Office 365's Exchange Online offering. Migrating to another hosted Exchange provider is also something that many SMBs have taken advantage of in the past, but with the additional value that Office…


Getting Ready For Office 2016 Pre-Installations On New PCs

Last week at Ignite the Office team announced the availability of the Office 2016 Preview, which you can read about here http://blogs.office.com/2015/05/04/office-2016-public-preview-now-available/. You can get details on how to obtain the preview here –  https://products.office.com/en-us/office-2016-preview Combine this information with the latest version of the Office OPK, v15.4 and you have the ability to see how new…

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Microsoft OEM Windows Server 2012 R2 Roadshow – Week 6 Q&A

More cities, more questions, more answers! What OEM server license types can I purchase Software Assurance for? Provided it's within 90 days of purchase, you can get Software Assurance for COEM (OEM boxed product from Microsoft), ROK and preinstall. What are the ways I can help my customer exercise downgrade rights with Windows Server 2012…


Windows Server 2003 – Exchange Online Migration Approaches

While this list of scenarios does not cover every possible option, it covers the primary Microsoft approaches to migrations. There are third party tools from vendors such as BitTitan and SkyKick that can also assist if one of the options below doesn't meet your requirements. This highlights the different approaches that can be taken based…

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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…


SMB Partner Training Coming In March

Next month I’ll be delivering the following events in three locations around Australia. Good news for SMB partners is the Enterprise Mobility Suite has been added to the official content, so if you are looking for an introduction to that, this would be a place great to start. Learn to build and deliver solutions that…