Differences Between Windows Server Essentials And The Windows Server Essentials Experience Role

As I've been revisiting some of the questions that were raised on the OEM Server Roadshow it was obvious that both Windows Server Essentials as a standalone product and the Windows Server Essentials Experience role delivered capabilities that many weren't aware of, so the focus of this post is around some important differences from a…

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OEM Windows Server Roadshow – The Final Four Cities

The monumental task of delivering the OEM roadshow is wrapping up in just over a week, with 19 cities already done, and Wollongong, Canberra, Albury and the rescheduled Cairns event to come before the end of the month. The original Cairns date had a conflict with the day a cyclone was due to hit, so…


Microsoft OEM Windows Server 2012 R2 Roadshow – Week 5 Q&A

This week I'll cover some of the questions that have been raised over Remote Desktop Services, from both a licensing and technical perspective. Can I enable Remote Desktop Services on my Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials server? No, because the Essentials server is a Domain Controller, Remote Desktop Services is not a supported role. The…


Storage Spaces Data Deduplication

While demonstrating some of the features of Storage Spaces during the OEM Server Roadshow, one of the pieces of that technology which gets some attention is the data de-duplication capabilities, so I thought it was time I did a post focusing on that and providing some resources for more information. To start with, Storage Spaces…

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Microsoft OEM Windows Server 2012 R2 Roadshow – Week 4 Q&A

Another week of the roadshow done and dusted, and more questions and answers to bring you… If I start with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials can I then buy another server with Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and join it to the domain? Yes you can, but there are two important things to take into account….


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…


Windows Server 2003 EOS – Terminal Services and Remote Desktop Services Migration Resources

There have been many changes to Terminal Services since the 2003 days, the least of which is the name change to Remote Desktop Services. Here are some of the useful resources for getting acquainted with the latest capabilities and how to migrate to the latest versions. Understanding Licensing for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and…


Windows Server 2003 EOS – File Server Migration Resources

Today's post focuses on some useful resources for migrating files and storage. File and Storage Services: Prepare to Migrate This guide provides you with instructions for migrating the File and Storage Services role to a server that is running Windows Server 2012 R2. Migrate File and Storage Services to Windows Server 2012 R2 The File…


Microsoft OEM Windows Server 2012 R2 Roadshow – Week 2 Q&A

Now that week two is complete, and week three of the roadshow has commenced, it's time to start posting more of the common questions that are being received. Most of this week's questions have been Hyper-V related, but Essentials is still getting some attention. Would I use DirSync or Azure Active Directory synchronisation in an…


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…