Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 Now Available

Following up from the previous post on Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 4, Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 is also available in the TechNet Evaluation Center. Some of the details of this release are as follows At the heart of the Microsoft Cloud Platform, Windows Server brings Microsoft’s experience delivering global-scale cloud services into…


SMB Partner Focused Training Schedule Released

One of the requests that came through from the last roadshow was advanced notice of coming technical training opportunities in Australia, so here are some that are being delivered in a number of cities this financial year. At this stage I'm scheduled to be delivering Safeguard Your Business and Business Anywhere, and I have a…


Ignite Sessions For OEM and System Builder Partners – Remote Desktop Services

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…


Technical Preview 2 For Windows Server and Hyper-V Technical Available For Download

This should have been posted last week, but I set the wrong auto-publish date, but I thought it was still worth posting now because of one of the critical pieces that is available for download via MSDN is the Windows Server Essentials Technical Preview 2. I can't see this on any public Microsoft sites at…

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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…


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…