More Azure Site Recovery bugs in Windows Server Essentials?

06. July 2017 Technical 0
Previously, I wrote about the Azure Site Recovery plugin for Windows Server Essentials Dashboard. One might say that it hasn’t been the best product so far, in that getting it to work without hiccups is apparently luck of the draw.  Microsoft Support hasn’t been able to reproduce the issues that we have been running into ...

2016 Essentials Integration: Azure Virtual Network, part 2

08. September 2016 Technical 0
In the previous post, we enabled the Windows Server Essentials integration with Azure Virtual Network, and configured a virtual network in the cloud with a Site-to-site VPN right from our Dashboard. While we wait for the connection to become active, we can deploy a virtual machine into that network. Step 5: Deploy a Virtual Machine ...

2016 Essentials Integration: Azure Virtual Network, part 1

06. September 2016 Technical 0
This is one of the new features I am most excited about in Windows Server 2016 Essentials Experience.  Today we are going to setup a connection to an Azure Virtual Network. With this technology, we have the ability to extend our on-premises server and domain infrastructure into the Microsoft Azure cloud, and run additional virtual machines there, without ...

2016 Essentials Integration: Azure Backup

01. September 2016 Technical 3
Customers of the late SBS line of products will be familiar with the Essentials Experience backup options for client PC’s, and Windows Server Backup to external hard drive, but these days we have a new option with Microsoft Cloud Services integration: reliable offsite backups to the Azure cloud. From the Home screen of the Dashboard, start by navigating to the ...

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 ...

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 ...