Lync

Lync Server 2013 Deployment

Starting with a single Standard Edition Lync Server in a fresh Active Directory forest future articles will build on this deployment with additional component installation like Group Chat, Edge Services, Exchange Server integration, etc. (more…)

By kconway, ago
Database

How to upgrade a SQL Server 2012 RTM Evaluation Edition server to a Licensed edition

This article provides a step-by-step instruction on how to upgrade a SQL Server 2012 RTM Evaluation Edition server to a BI edition. Similar steps can be used to upgrade to any other licensed editions, Developer/Standard/Enterprise. Changing the edition from the Evaluation edition to another one does not require building and migrating to a new server with the intended edition. As the Evaluation edition is a 180-day trial edition of Enterprise edition, there can be some issues when changing the edition to a non-Enterprise edition due to incompatible features used. This article assumes that the features used in the sample SQL Server instance with the Evaluation edition are non-Enterprise only features. (more…)

By kconway, ago
Microsoft

TechNet – Migrate Roles and Features to Windows Server

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj134039.aspx Migration documentation and tools ease the process of migrating server roles, features, operating system settings, and data from an existing server that is running Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2012 R2 to a computer that is running Windows Server 2012 R2. By using migration guides linked to on this page (and where appropriate, Windows Server Migration Tools) to migrate roles, role services, and features, you can simplify deployment of new servers (including those that are running the Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012, and virtual servers), reduce migration downtime, increase accuracy of the migration process, and help eliminate conflicts that could otherwise occur during the migration process.   (more…)

By kconway, ago
Microsoft

TechNet- BranchCache Overview

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831696.aspx This topic, provides overview information about BranchCache, including BranchCache modes, features, capabilities, and the BranchCache functionality that is available in different operating systems. (more…)

By kconway, ago
Exchange

Sizing Exchange 2013 Deployments

Since the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Exchange 2013, you have been waiting for our sizing and capacity planning guidance. This is the first official release of our guidance in this area, and updates to our TechNet content will follow in a future milestone. As we continue to learn more from our own internal deployments of Exchange 2013, as well as from customer feedback, you will see further updates to our sizing and capacity planning guidance in two forms: changes to the numbers mentioned in this document, as well as further guidance on specific areas not covered here. Let us know what you think we are missing and we will do our best to respond with better information over time. (more…)

By kconway, ago
Exchange

TechNet- Exchange Server 2013 Hybrid Deployments

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200581(v=exchg.150).aspx#thing A hybrid deployment offers organizations the ability to extend the feature-rich experience and administrative control they have with their existing on-premises Microsoft Exchange organization to the cloud. A hybrid deployment provides the seamless look and feel of a single Exchange organization between an on-premises Exchange Server 2013 organization and Exchange Online in Microsoft Office 365. In addition, a hybrid deployment can serve as an intermediate step to moving completely to an Exchange Online organization. (more…)

By kconway, ago
Microsoft

Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Licensing

With Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 there are some changes to versions and licensing that you should be aware of.  For years Microsoft has been saying that licensing is getting easier and with WS2012 it really has with only two editions being released.

  • Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition
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By kconway, ago
Azure

Backup Windows to Azure

One of the easiest access points to Azure is storage. It is ridiculously cheap, easy to leverage and a great way to get your feet wet with Azure. Azure Recovery Services allows you to backup Windows Server Backup or System Center DPM to Azure for roughly (at the time of this writing) $0.30/GB per month with the first 5GB free.  This also includes network traffic inbound as well as outbound (aka data restores).  To get started you’ll need the following:

  • Microsoft Azure Subscription
  • Management Certificates
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Azure Backup Agent
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By kconway, ago
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