Tutorial: How to setup and configure Microsoft Azure Backup Server, part 2: configuring

06. October 2017 Technical 0
In the previous post, we discussed Microsoft Azure Backup Server, and covered the basic setup/installation process for this software. In today’s article, we will cover configuration of the software. Pre-requisites We have covered almost everything in the previous article, but to review, and to begin moving forward with configuration: Obviously, you need an Azure subscription ...

How to fix guest processing errors on Hyper-V virtual machine backups

11. July 2017 Technical 0
So you setup a third party backup system, sticking mostly to defaults on the job settings, with “application aware” or “guest OS processing” enabled, in order to capture Hyper-V virtual machines, and keep their application data consistent (process database transaction logs, etc.) Or, perhaps you have migrated existing virtual machines to a newer piece of ...

How to enable BitLocker in Windows 10, with or without TPM

13. April 2017 Technical 0
BitLocker used to require an Enterprise or Ultimate copy of Windows 7. These days, it is included with Windows 10 Pro, which many people get OEM with their computer. This is great news, because it means that you will be able to fully encrypt your hard drive, making it much safer in the event of loss ...

How-to get started with Microsoft Intune

15. September 2016 Technical 0
In previous posts, I have described MDM for Office 365, as well as some key differences between that product and Microsoft’s full-blown MDM solution, Intune. Today we’re going to begin the Intune set up and configuration process.  If you haven’t yet, go obtain a free trial of Intune (or EMS).  It should be relatively easy ...

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 ...