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…


Downloadable Windows Server 2012 R2 Editions Features Comparison

We have been receiving a few questions on what the different capabilities and limitations are between the different editions of Windows Server 2012 R2 that are available through the OEM channel ,including Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter, so it's probably worth making sure you are away of the Windows Server 2012 R2 Products and Editions…

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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–Introduction

Shortly after the release of Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Microsoft released the Microsoft Online Services Integration Module as an optional download that allowed easy integration between Office 365 and your on-premises Active Directory environment. With the Essentials roles and editions of Windows Server 2012 and R2, it’s an out of box component, and offers…

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Microsoft Server Readiness Training – 23 City Roadshow in 2015

In early 2015 we’re taking our Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Readiness training on the road across Australia and you’re invited to attend. Covering all the capital cities (including Darwin) as well as regional centres from Geraldton to Mudgee, this is one of our most extensive training roadshows in recent years. Now is the time…

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Windows Server Q&A From Recent OEM Events Part 2

Another two cities visited, and more Q/A that are recurring themes… When did Windows Server stop including base CALs? This change was introduced in 2012 with Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter editions If I have two Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard host servers running Hyper-V with two VMs running on each server, can I…


Windows Server 2003 End Of Support Part 4 – Migrate Your Workloads

Now that we've gone through some of the necessary steps to prepare for the migration, it's time to migrate the different workloads. With an understanding of what is still running on Widows Server 2003, what needs to migrate when, and where to migrate to, you can make a plan and begin to migrate. But arriving…


Windows Server 2003 End Of Support Part 3d – Target Your Destination – Migrating Applications

For the final part of Target Your Destination the focus will be on migrating applications that are running on Windows Server 2003 and need to be moved to a new platform. Custom and third-party applications can be migrated to Windows Server 2012 R2 running either on-premises (note the need for new hardware and the possibility…