Download Evaluation Copy of Windows Server 2016

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If you want to explore the many characteristics of the new Microsoft Windows Server 2016, without buying the software, you can download an evaluation copy from the TechNet Evaluation Center.  The evaluation copy is valid for 180 days.

Here is the site:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2016.

Here are some of the resources that are available:

•  Find details useful for installing, configuring, and deploying Windows Server 2016

•  Discover what’s new in Windows Server 2016 and find guidance on exploring important new features and capabilities

•  Read The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server 2016

You will have to sign in and you will have to provide your details to get the copy. 

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How To Deploy Nano Server Found in Windows Server 2016 TP5

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As technology gets more complicated and more exciting, Microsoft is positioning its software to work within a cloud framework as well as to be the cloud.

Back in May  2016, Microsoft released information on how to deploy the NANO server found in Windows Server 2016.

What is a Nano Server?

Nano Server is a deeply refactored version of Windows Server with a small footprint and remotely managed installation, optimized for the cloud and a DevOps workflow. It is designed for fewer patch and update events, faster restarts, better resource utilization and tighter security. – https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/NanoServer-Team

Install Nano Server

Today, Microsoft TechNet updated the information about Windows Server 2016 and about the Nano Server.  You can find that information here… https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-docs/get-started/getting-started-with-nano-server.

How Can I Use Nano Server?

One of my questions has been – what good is a Nano Server?  Today, Microsoft had a good explanation about the many uses of the product.  This information is on that same link.

Nano Server is ideal for a number of scenarios:

  • As a “compute” host for Hyper-V virtual machines, either in clusters or not

  • As a storage host for Scale-Out File Server.

  • As a DNS server

  • As a web server running Internet Information Services (IIS)

  • As a host for applications that are developed using cloud application patterns and run in a container or virtual machine guest operating system

 

I like the idea that it can be a host for Hyper-V virtual machines.  This looks like a great tool for system administrators, and for those of us that like to poke around.

Microsoft offers free Windows Server 2016 licenses to VMware switchers

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The title above is also the HEADLINE for Mary Jo Foley’s blog of August 25 … you can see her blog here http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-offers-free-windows-server-2016-licenses-to-vmware-switchers/?ftag=TRE624278d&bhid=24421659496900511552450458228080

This is great news for Microsoft Partners and clients that wish to set up data centers.  Here is the feature differentiation comparison from the article.

Check it out to see if this will make a difference to your organization.

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PowerShell–Who Has Access To This Directory?

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Moving forward in the Microsoft Windows Server world, one sees that Windows PowerShell is being used more and more.  I have been learning that there are some sweet things you can do with it.  Here is a blog about “Who Has Access To This Directory?” by MVP Thomas Rayner, from CANITPRO (Canadian IT Pro Connection).  Thanks Thomas, for posting this.  Everyone else –  enjoy!

http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2015/11/03/powershell-tips-who-has-access-to-this-directory.aspx

Get Some Information on Windows Server 2016

 

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Figure 1 – picture from Microsoft Virtual Academy, from the course “What’s New In Windows Server 2016 Preview”

Microsoft is releasing a lot of new technology between June and December 2015 including Dynamics AX 7.  All of the new releases are built to work together in the cloud. 

Some of us don’t need to install Windows Server, but would like to have an understanding of the features and how the features might be used to support what we are doing in ERP or CRM.  Microsoft’s course in the Virtual Academy gives an overview of some cool features.

  • Explore enhanced virtualization functionality.
  • Explore  automated processes and configuration to help you spin up compute, storage, and networking resources faster.
  • Preview new features that reduce system downtime.
  • Find out how rolling upgrades can help you adopt updates and operating systems faster for Hyper-V and Scale-Out File Server.
  • Learn about the zero-footprint, cloud-optimized Nano Server technology, along with scripting with the new PowerShell Desired State Configuration features.

Other resources:

More on Dynamics CRM 2016 Features

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From http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-takes-the-wraps-off-its-dynamics-crm-2016-feature-list/?tag=nl.e505&s_cid=e505&ttag=e505&ftag=TRE0fb9d06 

On the updated list of new features coming to Dynamics CRM 2016and the rest of the Fall wave later this year:

  • More new Cortana integrations (beyond what’s there already in Dynamics CRM) with sales activities
  • Tighter integration with the Cortana Analytics Suite
  • More use of Azure Machine Learning for sentiment analysis in Microsoft Social Engagement
  • Offline mobile capabilities
  • Better mobile app management with Intune
  • New Excel templates for automating many core tasks
  • Next release of Microsoft’s CRM app for Outlook that will allow users to track emails, add contacts and create records through the browser on PCs or Macs or mobile browser on a phone
  • Integrated Delve functionality
  • Ability to open Office apps within CRM or CRM mobile app

The company also plans to bring the field-service capabilities it acquired when it bought FieldOne this past July together with the knowledge management and self-service capabilities it has added to its CRM family via it 2014 Parature acquisition, official said.