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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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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

WMF 5.1 Releasing January 2017

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

We previously announced that the Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 would release shortly after the GA release of Windows Server 2016, however the PowerShell team found some issues with upgrades that could affect a small set of our customers.  We are resolving these issues now, and target early January for the release of WMF 5.1 to the... Read moreRead more

Join our first PowerShell Core Community Call – Dec 8, 2016

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

tl;dr: We’re having a PowerShell Core Community Call with the PowerShell Committee and you should join us! Hit the bottom of this page for an .ics and a link to the Skype meeting. The PowerShell Team loves feedback. Whether it’s fielding your Windows PowerShell suggestions and bugs through our Windows Server UserVoice, answering your quick... Read moreRead more

Tips and Tricks from PowerShell Core Validation

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

It has been a privilege for the CAT team to work with customers and the PowerShell team to validate early builds and experiences with PowerShell Core. Some of the customers involved were key influences on the whitepaper, The Release Pipeline Model Applied to Windows Server and Microsoft Cloud. As a result, validation has included many... Read moreRead more

Join the PowerShell 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

This coming Monday, November 14th, PowerShell will have been shipping for 10 years, so the team is going to celebrate with a day-long event, running from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (PST). This will be streaming live and shown world-wide on the home page for Channel9.msdn.com.   We’ll have segments on PowerShell and SQL, PowerShell and... Read moreRead more


Introducing Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance

On December 8, 2016

New offerings and Software Assurance essential to your ongoing digital transformation This post was authored by Mark Jewett, Senior Director of Cloud Platform Marketing, and Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform Marketing. IT today is in a fundamental state of change, spanning between enabling digital transformation to make their company more competitive, while also Continue readingRead more

Video: The Next Several Years of Windows Management

On December 7, 2016

Theres a great video available today from Microsoft Mechanics about Unified Windows Management I really recommend you check it out. There are a lot of EMM vendors talking about Unified Windows Management right now, but most of whats available is limited to using the MDM layer on Windows 10. A legitimately unified and secure Continue readingRead more

Ignite session replay: Modernize applications with Windows Server 2016

On December 5, 2016

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 was designed to support both traditional applications, as well as new cloud-native applications and DevOps workflows. Jeffrey Snover and Jeff Woolsey provide a great overview of the new options available today with the cloud-ready operating system: The Nano Server configuration reduces the size of the OS deployment by 25x and dramatically 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

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 / s3 e5 / Justin Kershaw, CIO & CVP, Cargill

On December 8, 2016

In this episode I kick off my two-part conversation with Justin Kershaw, the CIO & CVP at Cargill the largest publicly held company in the U.S. At any given time, Cargill can have up to 20% of the worlds food in their supply chain, and this means Justin is a very busy man. In Continue readingRead more

Windows 10: protection, detection, and response against recent attacks

Source: Server & Management Blogs

A few weeks ago, multiple organizations in the Middle East fell victim to targeted and destructive attacks that wiped data from computers, and in many cases rendering them unstable and unbootable. Destructive attacks like these have been observed repeatedly over the years and the Windows Defender and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Threat Intelligence teams are working on protection, detection, and response toRead more

More enhancements to the #AzureAD Admin experience in the new Azure Portal!

Source: Server & Management Blogs

Howdy folks, Since our most August 2016 preview release of our new admin experience in the new Azure portalwe’ve seen a ton of use and received a ton of feedback. Thank you to all of you who are giving the new experience a whirl! We really appreciate it. Since Ive invited Senior Program Manager Adam Steenwyk to write a blog post introducing the first of many updates, which youll find below. Please read, dig in, and make sRead more

Lunch Break / s3 e5 / Justin Kershaw, CIO & CVP, Cargill

Source: Server & Management Blogs

In this episode I kick off my two-part conversation with Justin Kershaw, the CIO & CVP at Cargill the largest publicly held company in the U.S. At any given time, Cargill can have up to 20% of the worlds food in their supply chain, and this means Justin is a very busy man. In the first half of our discussion, we talk about how Cargill uses the cloud to learn from and innovate with data, I quiz Justin on some of the grRead more

Azure DSC extension for Nano Server

Source: Server & Management Blogs

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 the DSC package to Nano Server. Nano’s smaller footprint should speed up your end-to-end deployment time.Read more

Introducing Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance

Source: Server & Management Blogs

New offerings and Software Assurance essential to your ongoing digital transformation This post was authored by Mark Jewett, Senior Director of Cloud Platform Marketing, and Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform Marketing. IT today is in a fundamental state of change, spanning between enabling digital transformation to make their company more competitive, while also maintaining stable and secure operations ofRead more