SMB Multichannel and NIC Teaming – When And Where Would You Use Each?

Another topic of discussion at the ongoing OEM Windows Server 2012 R2 events taking place around Australia is around when and where you should use NIC teaming versus leveraging SMB multichannel capabilities, so today I will walk through a few scenarios of most interest to SMBs and highlight a few resources. NIC Teaming With official support…


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…


Windows Server 2003 EOS – Active Directory Migration Resources

Following on from the first post in this series, this one focuses on some useful Active Directory Migration Resources. Step-By-Step: Adding a Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller to an Existing Windows Server 2003 network This showcases adding a Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller to an existing network first.  Migration of Active Directory from Windows Server 2003…


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…


Windows Server 2003 End Of Support -General Migration Tools And Resources

In this post you'll find a list of useful resources to help with your Windows Server 2003 migrations. This list is by no means exhaustive, but should point you in the right direction for a range of requirements. I'll create a series of posts that will cover mirgation resources for Active Directory, file server, application…


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…


Adding Online Services To Your Windows Server Essentials Install–User Account Integration

In the previous posts in this series I enabled the integration of the Essentials Dashboard with Azure AD, Office 365 and Windows Intune, so now it’s time to take a look at how this integrations with the user account experience. As with most things related to Essentials, all we need to do is jump into…


Adding Online Services To Your Windows Server Essentials Install–Office 365

In my last post I introduced the integration of Microsoft Online Services into Essentials and started off by enabling Microsoft Azure Active Directory Integration, and today I’ll run through the process for enabling Office 365 integration. Before I begin though, I will address a question that was raised on yesterday's post regarding the dependencies on DirSync or…

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