How to perform an Unplanned Failover from Azure Site Recovery

28. September 2017 Technical 1
In a previous series, I wrote about Azure Site Recovery, and the new integration tools available in Windows Server 2016, through the Essentials role (enabling some pretty cool new offerings, potentially, for service providers and consultants). ASR for Windows Server Essentials makes setting up Disaster Recovery into the Microsoft Azure cloud very easy to do ...

How to Encrypt your Hyper-V Guest VM’s using the GUI

27. July 2017 Technical 0
Encrypting guest virtual machines is another layer of protection you can add in Hyper-V. Why would an admin want to do this? Because while encrypting the Hyper-V Host itself can protect against stolen physical disks, enabling BitLocker inside your virtual machines protects against stolen virtual disks as well (e.g. if an attacker were to gain access to an ...

How to Encrypt your Hyper-V Host Server using the GUI

20. July 2017 Technical 0
Full disk encryption is becoming more important in the SMB.  I recommend this for every Windows 10 Pro PC, and also for your Windows Servers. Small businesses often have a single physical Hyper-V host server, maybe two. And these are usually located in a network closet or mechanical room, in a small office space.  These ...

Bug with Essentials Integration for Azure Site Recovery

06. April 2017 Technical 3
Awhile back, I had written a series on all the neat integrations available with Windows Server Essentials (or Essentials Experience, if installing it on top of Standard as a role).  You may have noticed that I never published an article regarding one of the most exciting features–integration with Azure Site Recovery (ASR). Azure Site Recovery is ...

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 ...