Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter - Today Versus Tomorrow's VIrtualisation Requirements - Part 2

In the last post I briefly discussed some of the traditional workloads we virtualised for SMB customers, and also started introducing the idea that dependng on how we plan on adopting cloud technologies we aren't necessarily eliminating the need for on-premises virtual machines, but may in some cases need to support more virtual machines. Today I'll cover this in…

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Adding Software Assurance To Your OEM Server Purchase

Following on from the last post where I discussed some of the reasons that Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter should be considered for customer deployments, today's post addresses some common questions around buying OEM Windows Server licenses versus purchasing via a Volume License program. The most important takeaway from the following information is that you…


Virtualisation with Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Overview

One of the topics that gets raised regularly with the OEM Server team is around when you should discuss selling the Datacenter vs. Standard editions of Windows Server 2012 R2 to customers, and usually it's easy to extract a few details about the customer scenario that will help shape those conversations. The main thing that…

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Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows 10 Part 3

In the previous two posts I covered Hyper-V Manager and creating a Generation 1 virtual machine, in this post I'll cover creating a Generation 2 VM, as well as a quick look at support for production checkpoints. I'll start with the creation of Generation 2 VM, and highlight some of the differences. The initial stages…


Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows 10 Part 2

In Part 1 of this series I introduced Hyper-V Manager and some of the things you should do prior to creating virtual machines, including configuring the Hyper-V settings and creating the required virtual networks. In Part 2 I will cover the basics of creating new virtual machines, with a focus on Generation 1 virtual machines…


Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows 10 Part 1

Hyper-V has been included with the Windows Pro and Enterprise clients since Windows 8, replacing Windows 7's Virtual PC and XP Mode capabilities, and has continued to gain more capabilities as time goes on. With the ever increasing rise in usage of Hyper-V in Windows Server environments, it provides a great way to get a…


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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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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