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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Windows Server 2016 Essentials TP3 Integration With Azure Virtual Networks Part 2

In the last post I covered what was required (very little, apart from an Azure subscription!) with Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 3 to set up an Azure Virtual Network, but and today I'll switch over to the Azure management portal so that we can see what was created for us. If you don't…

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Windows Server Essentials Tech Preview 3 Integration With Azure Virtual Networks Part 1

I've previously posted about the Office 365, Azure Active Directory and Intune integration with Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 3, now it's time to start looking at some of the other Azure integration pieces, starting with the Azure Virtual Network integration. Before taking a look at what's required to get this working, it's worth…

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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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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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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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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…


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….