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 ...

Get Rid of My Servers!

02. May 2016 Business, Opinion 0
If the cloud is supposed to be so great, then why do so many small businesses still have servers? It is a fair question. The truth is, you probably do not need to maintain servers on-premises, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still want to. The majority of small businesses (the “S” in SMB) have very similar ...

My Top 5 Favorite Microsoft Cloud Solutions for the SMB

03. March 2016 Opinion 0
1. Office 365 (Even if you thought “I already use it“) Office 365 is, to put it quite bluntly, the new gold standard in productivity at every level of the Enterprise. In the SMB space especially, this is so much the case that I cannot emphasize it strongly enough. If you aren’t already using this product, what is ...

Why we tend to focus on IaaS Solutions

29. February 2016 Opinion 0
IaaS is an area of extreme interest to SMB customers, probably because it is the easiest way for them to translate what they are accustomed to working with (e.g. on-premises servers) into a cloud-based equivalent. In other words, for better or worse, we are in the habit of thinking about our applications and workloads in terms of the ...

What is the Azure Cloud?

25. February 2016 Opinion 0
It would be quite literally impossible to list all of the Azure-based products and their corresponding feature sets, since the list would be out of date as soon as I hit “Publish.” Microsoft is constantly releasing new features into Azure everyday–some are all new products, while others build on existing ones. Therefore, we have to break ...