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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
Network bandwidth is  a critical factor when assessing and planning Office 365 for your organisation. Microsoft has some great resources for you to analyse your environment…

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PowerShell DSC and implicit remoting broken in KB3176934

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

On August 23, Windows update KB3176934 released for Windows Client. Due to a missing .MOF file in the build package, the update breaks DSC. All DSC operations will result in an “Invalid Property” error. In addition, due to a missing binary in the build package the update breaks PowerShell implicit remoting. Implicit remoting is a... Read moreRead more

PowerShell on Linux and Open Source!

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

Since its inception in 2002 PowerShell has been deeply influenced and improved by the passion and needs of our community. As an example, 80 contributors filed bugs and issues on the “alpha” release. Since that time we, together, have built a strong PowerShell community that supports each other, provides Summits and Conferences and gives great feedback... Read moreRead more

Windows PowerShell is now “PowerShell”: An Open Source Project with Linux support – How did we do it?

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

Hello everyone, My name is Angel Calvo, I am Microsoft’s Group Software Engineering Manager for PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC). I’d like to take this opportunity to proudly represent the engineering team behind this project, and share a few thoughts about yesterday’s historic announcement for PowerShell and our Community I am so excited about... Read moreRead more

DSC Resource Kit August Release

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

The DSC Resource Kit has been released! This release includes 14 updated DSC resource modules and 10 new DSC resources. Since the last release on June 29, there have been 126 merged pull requests and 41 closed issues. The modules updated in this release are: SharePointDsc xActiveDirectory xComputerManagement xDhcpServer xDscDiagnostics xExchange xFailOverCluster xHyper-V xNetworking xPSDesiredStateConfiguration... Read moRead more

DSC Resource Kit Community Call August 3

Source: Windows PowerShell Blog

We will be hosting a community call for the DSC Resource Kit 1-2PM on Wednesday, August 3 (PDT). Call in to ask questions or give feedback about the DSC Resource Kit! How to Join Skype for Business Join Skype Meeting This is an online meeting for Skype for Business, the professional meetings and communications app... Read moreRead more


Operations Management Suite expands to include security management, threat detection

On August 3, 2016

Today’s IT operations and security teams are tasked with managing highly complex environments which are being targeted by a growing number of sophisticated cyber-attacks. These teams have an obligation to identify and remediate security vulnerabilities and threats before they impact the business. To solve these challenges, today we announced general availability of the updated Operations... Read moreRead more

ARM concepts in Azure Stack for the WAP Administrator – Troubleshooting IaaS in Azure Stack

On August 9, 2016

Hello Readers! This blog is part 8 (and the last) of the series “ARM concepts in Azure Stack for the WAP Administrator.” In this post we’ll discuss and share troubleshooting techniques and resources that we have learned when working with customers and partners that are actively validating Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 1. Note Some information relates to... Read moreRead more

Webcast:  Citrix & Microsoft – Making Cloud Simpler, Business Faster

On August 18, 2016

Over the last few weeks there’s been some discussion about how Microsoft and Citrix will continue our strong history of collaboration, and this topic is something you can hear both companies talk about in detail next Tuesday (Aug. 23). Click here to watch the live stream from Citrix HQ.  I’ll be joining Bill Burley (Corp. Continue readingRead more

Azure Stack API’s – Working directly with the Resource Manager API Layer (Technical Preview 1)

On August 1, 2016

Introduction To work with the Azure’s Resource Manager, you have a number of options. For example, you have these SDK’s to simplify development: Azure .NET SDK’s https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/api/ Azure Resource Manager SDK’s – JAVA, Python, and Ruby https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-resource-manager-preview-sdks/ Azure Resource Manager PowerShell Cmdlets https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libraRead more

New monitoring features for network performance, backup

On July 27, 2016

Monitoring the health of your systems and operations is an essential component of effective IT management. IT environments today are more distributed and hybrid than ever, and business applications often run across multiple points in the datacenter or even across multiple locations. With such a distributed environment, network connectivity is critical to keep the business... Read moreRead more

The Fastest Customer Upgrade to ConfigMgr EVER!

On June 30, 2016

Right now history is in the making! We are currently amidst the fastest customer upgrade cycle ever seen in the history of ConfigMgr’s enormous install base!  In just a little over 6 months, 15,000 organizations managing 27 million devices have upgraded to System Center ConfigMgr version 1511 or later.  In the 13 years I’ve led Continue readingRead more

Announcing the new VMware migration offer for Windows Server 2016

Source: Server & Management Blogs

With the launch of Windows Server 2016, customers have more reasons than ever to switch from VMware to Microsoft. We want to make it an easy decision for VMware customers to switch to Hyper-V, so today we are announcing a new VMware migration offer. Free Windows Server Datacenter licenses when you buy Windows Server Datacenter + Software Assurance From September 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, customers who switch workloaRead more

Windows Server scalability and more!

Source: Server & Management Blogs

This post was authored by Jeff Woolsey, Principal Program Manager, Windows Server. We are about a month away from Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta and we are eager to see you and provide a first-class tour of Windows Server, System Center, OMS, Azure, along with so much more. For those of you who have been evaluating the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview releases, a huge thank you. Your feedback has directly contributRead more

Fixing Network Adapter settings on Checkpoints

Source: Server & Management Blogs

Here is an interesting question from the Hyper-V forums: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/a6012994-de98-41f9-8b96-2139ee2ad631/hyperv-resource-pool-nic?forum=winserverhyperv In essence – the situation is that the user has: Created a virtual machine Connected it to a virtual switch Taken a checkpoint Deleted and recreated the virtual switch Now, whenever they apply the old checkpoint – they get a configuraRead more

Now Available: Update Rollup 11 for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

Source: Server & Management Blogs

Update Rollup 11 for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager is now available. The KB article below describes the issues that are fixed in VMM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 11 (UR11) and there are two updates: One update for VMM Server and one for the Administrator console. Please note that these updates are available only for manual download through the Microsoft Download Center and are not available on MicrosoftRead more

Support Tip: Some Microsoft Operations Manager Management Packs Require Proxy Configuration

Source: Server & Management Blogs

Hi everyone, my name is Mihai Sarbulescu and today I wanted to share a quick support tip with you. Please be aware that some Management Packs for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager have workflows that need to connect to the Internet in order to perform various actions. The Office 365 Management Pack is a good example of this as it needs to connect to the Internet to complete certain actions related to discovery anRead more