Tag - Windows Server Essentials

Windows Server 2019, Windows Server Essentials 2019, Office 2019 and other 2019 Microsoft products for the SMB

So the 2019 lineup of products are basically all here now--Office 2019, Windows Server 2019, Exchange Server 2019, etc.  Now with regard to the SMB space, I would usually be recommending that most organizations, especially very small sized business of 25 users or less, be looking toward the
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Migrate from Windows Server Essentials with Azure AD integration to Windows Server Standard and Azure AD Connect

I have a love-hate relationship with Windows Server Essentials. It's a great product with a lot of goodness baked in, but there are some real limits to it as well. On the one hand, Remote Web Access, Client PC backup, the Azure Recovery plugins, and so on, add a TON...
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Tutorial: How to Setup Azure Virtual Network with Windows Server Essentials and a Hardware VPN Appliance

Most tutorials on Azure Virtual Network and site-to-site VPN rely on Windows Server's RRAS role to create a quick and dirty VPN connection for demonstration purposes. But in a real world production environment, this is hardly ever the case; the better option by far for reliability and simplified routing is...
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How to perform an Unplanned Failover from Azure Site Recovery

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...
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Tutorial: How-to Setup Azure Site Recovery using Windows Server Essentials, Part 3: Failover

In part 1 of this series, we covered the pre-requisites for Azure Site Recovery using the Windows Server Essentials integration features. In part 2, we configured the Azure Virtual Network using the Essentials Dashboard plugin, and replicated our VM's. Now in this final part...
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Tutorial: How-to Setup Azure Site Recovery using Windows Server Essentials, Part 2: Configuration

Windows Server Essentials (or the Essentials Experience role) can be leveraged to quickly provision a full Disaster Recovery site in the cloud, and replicate Virtual Machines from your on-premises Hyper-V server(s) to Azure. The built-in integrations that make this possible are Azure Virtual Network and Azure Site Recovery. Image credit: Alex...
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Tutorial: How-to Setup Azure Site Recovery using Windows Server Essentials, Part 1: Pre-requisites

Windows Server Essentials (or the Essentials Experience role) can be leveraged to quickly provision and enable a full Disaster Recovery site in the cloud using built-in Azure integration features. The solution is composed of two Azure products: Azure Virtual Network and Azure Site Recovery. I have previously...
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A tale of two solutions: Azure VMs vs. On-prem Server

I've been studying two different solutions to the same small business problem for a while now, and I think it is high time I finally published an article on it. I run into a fair number of clients who are interested in moving 100% of their services "to the cloud."...
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More Azure Site Recovery bugs in Windows Server Essentials?

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...
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