So Microsoft? You serious about Small Business?

On August 2, 2017, in news, by susan

Dear Microsoft:  I think we need to talk.  I don’t think you are as serious about small business as you say you are.  Why do I say that?  Because the server and server role you say is all about Small business isn’t officially supported to have Azure AD connect installed on it.  Yet you are building more and more subscriptions and Windows 10 features on using Azure AD connect.

Microsoft knows that “Azure AD Connect cannot be installed on Small Business Server or Windows Server Essentials. ” this statement is a mere support statement.  They don’t want us to try to do the Office 365 wizard AND the Azure AD connect at the same time because obviously the two wizards/technology will fight one another on syncing passwords.  But if you are really serious about small business – no current server sku should be blocked from having Azure AD connect installed.

So Microsoft?  How about you get serious.  Either allow Essentials to have the Azure AD connect code installed or be honest with all of us and stop building Essentials.

I for one, want Microsoft to still build Essentials and the Essentials role. Why?  Because I want to have Microsoft to still have a stake in small business in the server section.

So pardon me as I go give feedback in the Server 2016 insider edition.


4 Responses to So Microsoft? You serious about Small Business?

  1. Mark Berry says:

    I’m migrating from Essentials 2012 R2 to Standard 2016 with the Essentials role. Under Services, I see Azure Active Directory, Office 365, Intune, Azure Virtual Network, Azure Backup and Azure Recovery. Haven’t activated any of them. Maybe it only works on Standard + the role?

    • susan says:

      My point is that the official documentation says don’t do it with Essentials — when it’s just knowledge that as long as you don’t run the Office 365 wizard – you can safely install AD connect on an Essentials server.
      It’s merely having someone CARE about small businesses make a support change.

  2. Robert Crane says:

    Hmmm…who have I heard saying that you shouldn’t use Essentials and stick with mainstream realeses? Hmmm…. I wonder….QED.

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