Windows Server 2016, you and Server Guy.

Microsoft has invested very heavily in the latest and greatest Server operating system. Launched last autumn, Windows Server 2016 is the first cloud ready, from the cloud Windows Server. To help the growing IT pro audience with their journey to Windows Server 2016, Microsoft UK has formed a new club.

The club, the project, and the identity are one and the same.


Server Guy is Ed Baker a 25 year IT Pro veteran who did the hard yards installing Windows NT Server 3.1 on all those 3.5" floppy discs before the days of TCP/IP in Windows. Ed is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and a Regional Lead for the UK for Microsoft Learning, offering mentoring and guidance to fellow MCT's and those wanting to join their ranks. Ed is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Enterprise Mobility. Ed has had experience ranging from cabling under floors for small systems to building out racks of servers and switches in larger environments. Ed is certified in Windows Server 2016 having passed all the current Microsoft Examinations in that field. Ed is a published author and also writes both exam questions and courseware in various fields. You may have bumped into Ed when he worked for Microsoft UK as a Technical Evangelist touring the country on the famed UK IT Camps.

Server Guy has a number of aims but the most important is to grow the community of UK based IT Professionals focussed on Windows Server 2016. It really doesn't matter if those servers are physical, virtual on premises or virtual in the cloud. The IT Pro audience has taken a bit of a bashing in the last couple of years and it is definitely time to help out with some of those day to day issues you can't find answers for.

So starting this week Server Guy will be responsible for answering questions by email (with a five hour response SLA*). Blogging every two weeks or so on topics you ask for, or he will pick one of his favourite technologies within Windows Server 2016.

* (Mon-Fri 0900-1700 UK Time)

In addition there will be regular online meetings to chew the fat, answer questions or present new topics that may be causing issues. Some great guest speakers and maybe, just maybe even some swag coming your way. As always in Microsoft budget depends upon take up and interest.

We know there are several hundred thousand IT professionals in the UK with a high proportion of Server interested folk. Why not come and join in?

How can you join in?

Well you can follow @ServerGuyUK on twitter, you can email him at and you can sign up to the RSS feed of this Blog. There is also a Server Guy group on LinkedIn for those who hang out there.

Once you have expressed an interest ServerGuy will keep you up to date with any events, newsletters or blogs that are on the way. Simples!

One final thing, what does Server Guy cover and more importantly what does he not cover?

So - in scope are

  • Windows Server 2016
  • OEM Licensing
  • SPLA Licensing
  • Reseller Option KIT
  • Detailed Server Technology
    • Software defined Storage
    • Software Defined networking
    • Shielded VMs
    • Nano Server
    • Containers
    • Security enhancements
  • Hybrid features
  • Azure Stack

And Out of scope are

  • Azure IaaS
  • Azure PaaS
  • Azure Data analysis
  • Operations Management Suite
  • Enterprise Mobility and Security
  • Dynamics 365
  • Office 365
  • System Center Products

Watch this space next week for an overview of what is new in the licensing world of Windows Server 2016.

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