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June 11, 2016
Need remote access and forgot to turn RDP access on? Argh, how to get to that server (or workstation)? PSExec comes to the rescue in…

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January 9, 2016
Hey Guys, here are some must have downloads and reading for you Exchange Admins. Preferred Architecture, Exchange Server 2016 Preferred Architecture Exchange Server 2013 Preferred Architecture …

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January 9, 2016
Microsoft has provided some great resources for you to analyse your environment and make an informed decision. Check out the Network planning and performance tuning for Office…

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Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 Released

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

We are pleased to announce that we are releasing the Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 today via the Microsoft download center.   WMF 5.1 upgrades Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 to the PowerShell, WMI, WinRM and SIL components that were released with Windows Server 2016... Read moreRead more

PowerShell Core Community Call #2 – Jan 26, 2016

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

tl;dr: Our next PowerShell Community Call is January 26th, 2017 @ 9am PST. Hit the bottom of this page for an .ics and a link to the Skype meeting. Hi everyone! I’m proud to announce the 2nd PowerShell Core Community Call. As with the first call, this is a chance for the PowerShell Committee to... Read moreRead more

Code Coverage now available for PowerShell Core!

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

This is the first of a series of posts on PowerShell Core and the tools we use to test it. If you’ve looked at the main project for PowerShell (, you may have noticed a new badge down in the Build status of nightly builds: We are supplying code coverage numbers for our test pass... Read moreRead more

DSC Resource Kit Release December 2016

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

We just released the DSC Resource Kit!Since our last release on November 2, we have added 1 new module, AuditPolicyDsc, which allows you to edit your audit policy subcategories and options. Thank you to Adam Haynes for this great new module! Outside of the DSC Resource Kit, we also recently published an update to GPRegistryPolicy... Read moreRead more

Azure DSC extension for Nano Server

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

NOTE: For information on OS support, and other features, please refer to our release history.   We are proud to announce that the Azure DSC extension now works on Nano Server! You will need to use extension version 2.21 or above, but the functionality and cmdlets remain the same. The extension will take care of adding... Read moreRead more

Three ways to better secure your hybrid environment

On January 4, 2017

As more organizations adopt a hybrid cloud model for IT, its no surprise theyre encountering new security challenges. With more surface area to cover, more mission-critical assets to protect, and more sophisticated threats to defend against, security issues become increasingly complex. And with the average cost of a data breach to a single company now Continue readingRead more

“Lunch Break” deleted scenes, part 2: The Secret to Learning from Failure & What Future CIO’s Do Next

On January 19, 2017

In the Season 3 finale of Lunch Break,” these deleted scenes have me on the road with with Paul Fipps (CIO & EVP,Under Armour), Jim Fowler, (CIO,General Electric), and Mark Russinovich (CTO, Microsoft Azure), and Brad Strock (CIO, PayPal). Mark and I talk about what job to give Doc. Brown if youre trying to staff Continue readingRead more

Post notifications to Microsoft Teams using PowerShell

On November 2, 2016

Microsoft Teams, announced earlier today, is a new platform for chat based communication. I was very happy to see the Connectors available including many popular CI/CD related tools. The Connector configurations allow for an easily pluggable extension for Microsoft Teams to integrate notifications in to discussions. This creates an opportunity to integrate datacenter and cloud... Read moreRead more

Managing StorSimple virtual arrays in the new Azure portal

On December 21, 2016

This post was authored by Manu Aery, Senior Product Marketing Manager, ECG Were happy to announce that the management of the StorSimple Virtual Device Series is now available in the new Azure portal. You can use the StorSimple extension in the new portal to create Azure Resource Manager based StorSimple managers to manage your virtual Continue readingRead more

Monitoring your home IP security cameras with OMS Log Analytics

On October 23, 2016

Summary: Monitor devices, like home IP security cameras, with OMS Log Analytics without installing an agent! Hi folks, In this blog post I would like to share with you how you can monitor devices with Log Analytics without the need to install the OMS (MMA) agent. We’ve recently announced the Log Analytics HTTP Data Collector... Read moreRead more

“Lunch Break” deleted scenes: How to Fix Flat-lining Productivity & Why Azure Stays Competitive

On January 17, 2017

Today Season 3 starts to wrap up with the first in a pair of outtakes episodes its all the best stuff we couldnt fit into the other shows, but its just too good to leave on the cutting room floor. In this episode, I talk withJim Fowler, (CIO,General Electric), Paul Fipps (CIO & EVP,Under Continue readingRead more

PSA – Flickering Laptop Screen with Hyper-V? Update your drivers.

Source: Server & Management Blogs

Last year I went out and got an Alienware 13 laptop.  Later I got the Alienware Amplifier and put a NVidia 1070 GPU in it.  I have been really happy with this setup – as it is a powerful portable system.  I have only had one complaint: whenever I enabled Hyper-V on it the laptop screen would flicker randomly. Now, I know that many people have experienced this over the last year – and it has been something that we on the HRead more

Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 Released

Source: Server & Management Blogs

We are pleased to announce that we are releasing the Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 today via the Microsoft download center.   WMF 5.1 upgrades Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 to the PowerShell, WMI, WinRM and SIL components that were released with Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 Anniversary Edition.   You can find out more about the WMF 5.1 releasRead more

Identity Admins rejoice: Azure Active Directory meets Power BI!

Source: Server & Management Blogs

Howdy folks, We’ve heard from many of our largest customers that it’s critically important to them to have easy access to information that helps them understand how their employees and partners are using Azure Active Directory. That understanding allows them to plan their IT infrastructure, to increase usage and maximize the business value they get from Azure AD. Theusage and activity reportsin the Azure admin portal areRead more

A closer look at VM Quick Create

Source: Server & Management Blogs

Author: Andy Atkinson In the last Insiders build, we introduced Quick Create to quickly create virtual machines with less configuration (see blog). We’re trying a few things to make it easier to set up a virtual machine, such as combining installation options to a single field for all supported file types, and adding a control to enable Windows Secure Boot more easily. Quick Create can also help set up your network. If thRead more

Update 1701 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch – Available Now!

Source: Server & Management Blogs

Hello everyone! We are happy to let you know that update 1701 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager has been released. Technical Preview Branch releases give you an opportunity to try out new Configuration Manager features in a test environment before they are made generally available. This months new preview features include: UEFI inventory data Hardware inventory can now determine whethRead more