2016 Essentials Integration: Microsoft Intune

29. August 2016 Opinion, Technical 1
Today we’re going to enable the Microsoft Intune integration service from the Essentials Dashboard and discuss what it means a little bit. Intune is another cloud offering by Microsoft. It’s purpose is to enable more robust Mobile Device Management. You can obtain an Intune subscription separately, which is what this process is basically leading us to do (note: this incurs ...

2016 Essentials Integration: Manage SharePoint Libraries

25. August 2016 Technical 1
Once you have Office 365 Integration working with Windows Server Essentials 2016, you can also manage SharePoint libraries from the Dashboard. The process is very similar to adding and managing local Server Folders. To get started, go to Storage and then SharePoint Libraries. Select Add a library from the right. Next, give your library a name ...

How to get rid of pesky phantom printers and bad printer drivers

18. August 2016 Misc 0
I have performed server migrations for a lot of clients over the years, and honestly I don’t see this issue come up all that often. But when it does strike, so-called “phantom” printers, or removing printers whose drivers have “gone bad” can be one of the more annoying problems to troubleshoot–especially when you remove the printers, reboot the computer ...

2016 Essentials Integration: Azure AD & Office 365

18. August 2016 Technical 17
This post is part of a series on the Microsoft Cloud Services integrations that are included with Windows Server 2016 Essentials Experience. To begin we will connect our local on-premises Windows Essentials Experience Server to the Microsoft cloud by enabling the Azure Active Directory and Office 365 integrations. Please note that this is very different from using Azure AD Connect or “full” ...

Find out why Windows Server 2016 Essentials Experience still matters

15. August 2016 Technical 0
Upcoming Windows Server Essentials Experience Series For many months now, I have been playing around with the Windows Server 2016 Technical Previews, especially the Essentials Experience role. You might ask: Why? Does the Windows Server Essentials product matter anymore, now that we have Office 365 and have moved well past the days of Small Business Server? It is true ...

Multifactor Authentication Server is not compatible with password sync?

11. August 2016 Technical 2
I was recently asked for help implementing Microsoft’s Multifactor Authentication Server for an on-premises Remote Desktop farm.  There is a great resource on the web at RDS Gurus that steps you through this process.  Just for the sake of doing my homework, I decided to read up on more detail on Azure’s documentation library.* And wouldn’t you ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: MPIO & CSV Storage

08. August 2016 Technical 0
Continuing our last post on Hyper-V Failover Clustering, we turn our focus from networking to storage. To bring storage into the picture, we will have to provision some volumes from Storage Spaces, our SAN or other Shared Storage device. This varies by vendor, so see their documentation for more details. However you do it, just be ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Converged Network

04. August 2016 Technical 2
In this post, we will look at a concept known as “Converged Networking” for setting up a simple two-node Hyper-V cluster (a great option for small businesses). The basic idea is that all of your physical network adapters will be brought together as a single NIC team, and thereby made interchangeable–it’s just connection tissue to ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Affordable HA for the SMB

01. August 2016 Technical 3
Next to Office 365, virtualization is still the number one recommendation I make to small businesses. It’s a no-brainer. Enabling Hyper-V opens up so many great opportunities–grow your server’s CPU, RAM or storage on the fly, perform host-level backups, Live Migrate to new hardware with no downtime, use Hyper-V Replica or Azure Site Recovery for DR, eliminate downtime with ...