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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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DSC Resource Kit Release March 2017

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

We just released the DSC Resource Kit! This release includes updates to 10 DSC resource modules, including 19 new DSC resources. In these past 6 weeks, 155 pull requests (the most ever!) have been merged and 71 issues have been closed, all thanks to our amazing community! A few weeks ago we also released a... Read moreRead more

Using PowerShell Modules in Azure Functions

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

Previously, I blogged about how I created PowerShell GitHub Dashboard using Azure Functions to run a PowerShell script and didn’t use PowerShell Modules as I didn’t find an easy way to do it with Azure Functions.  Stefan informed me that you can easily do it using FTP!  Today, I’m publishing a guest blog post that Stefan authored that... Read moreRead more

Code Coverage – Part 2

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

In my last post on code coverage, I shared the process for you to collect coverage for your environment. This week, I’ll be describing a way to use our tools to create new tests and show how you can measure the increase of coverage for PowerShell Core after adding new tests. To recap, we can... Read moreRead more

Managing Security Settings on Nano Server with DSC

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

We have released DSC resources building upon the previously released security and registry cmdlets for applying security settings. You can now implement Microsoft-defined security baselines using DSC. AuditPolicyDsc SecurityPolicyDsc GPRegistryPolicy Install all 3 from the Gallery with the command: install-module SecurityPolicyDsc, AuditPolicyDsc, GpRegistryPolicy A sample configuration, below, takes the Security BaselineRead more

Building a GitHub Dashboard using PowerShell, AzureStorageTable, AzureFunction, and PowerBI

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

Last week, I published a PowerShell Community Dashboard and today, I’m going to share the code and cover some of the learnings.The code is published as a module on the PowerShell Gallery. Make sure you get v1.1 as I found an issue where if you’re not a member of the PowerShell Org on GitHub, you... 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

Happy Birthday EMS: How cloud architecture and customer obsession is disrupting EMM

On March 27, 2017

Today marks the three-year anniversary of two big moments in Enterprise Mobility: On this date in 2014 we announced Microsoft Office on the iPad and the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).Read more

Video:  Everything You Want to, Need to, and/or Should Know About EMS in 2017

On March 24, 2017

The demands of mobility and security change fast. Really fast. Faster than anyone could have imagined just a few years ago. This is a reality that inspires the work we do with EMS architecting it as a cloud service so that its features and solutions are tuned to the needs of your organization. The Continue readingRead more

Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016, part 1

On March 23, 2017

This is the first blog in a five-part series. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts, which will cover cutting cost and improving performance of storage, BI, and analytics; improving uptime and reliability; reaching data insights faster by running analytics at the point of creation; and maintaining a consistent data environment across on-premises, hybrid, and Continue readingRead more

On-Demand Webinar: 5 days to make IT Ops more efficient

On March 23, 2017

When you are managing multiple resources across heterogenous environments, you need to make operations work for you. A few of the most critical areas you can improve efficiency in are service management, application management, and security. Join us for this on-demand webinar to learn how to remediate infrastructural issues, understand application health, and establish preventative 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

Detecting and mitigating elevation-of-privilege exploit for CVE-2017-0005

Source: Server & Management Blogs

On March 14, 2017, Microsoft released security bulletin MS17-013 to address CVE-2017-0005, a vulnerability in the Windows Win32k component that could potentially allow elevation of privileges. A report from a trusted partner identified a zero-day exploit for this vulnerability. The exploit targeted older versions of Windows and allowed attackers to elevate process privileges on these platforms. In this article, we walk thRead more

To RDMA, or not to RDMA – that is the question

Source: Server & Management Blogs

Hello, Claus here again. By now, you have probably seen some of my blogs and demos on Storage Spaces Direct performance. One of Storage Spaces Direct’s advantages is RDMA networking support that lowers latency and reduces CPU consumption. I often get the question “Is RDMA required for Storage Spaces Direct”. The answer to this question is: no. We support plain-old Ethernet as long as it’s 10GbE or better. But let’s look aRead more

New EMS + Skycure integration helps ensure devices are risk free before accessing corporate resources

Source: Server & Management Blogs

Today were thrilled to announce the general availability of our integration with Skycure, a leader in the mobile threat defense space. The integration between Skycure and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security gives organizations more confidence that devices are risk-free and secure before users access corporate resources. Mobile devices can be susceptible to sophisticated threats under the guise of seemingly harmless sRead more

Happy Birthday EMS:  How A Great Idea, Brilliant Architecture, and Customer Obsession Took Over EMM in 3 Short Years

Source: Server & Management Blogs

Today marks the three-year anniversary of two big moments in Enterprise Mobility: On this date in 2014 we announced Microsoft Office on the iPad and the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). This announcement was made at the very first public event for our newly appointed CEO, Satya Nadella. If you missed the news that day the recap is here. I have always thought it was interesting (and not a little bit significant) that our nRead more

Coming Soon: Transport Advancements in the Windows 10 Creators update

Source: Server & Management Blogs

Windows 10 Creators update is coming soon along with an exciting array of new transport features.  Stay tuned for the official announcement!Read more