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Hyper-V: Revisiting the Chicken and the Egg Paradox

It's not 2008 anymore; go ahead and virtualize all of your domain controllers.

Microsoft and LinkedIn: When Next-to-No News Is 'Good' News

In a departure from its other acquisitions, Microsoft seems content to let LinkedIn do its own thing. At least for now.

How To Use Windows 10 Timeline (While Protecting Your Privacy)

The new feature is incredibly handy for power users, but could cause some stress if you don't like the thought of all of your activities being logged.

Massive Surge in Cloud Datacenter Traffic Coming, Cisco Report Says

Also in the tea leaves: The rapid ascendance of hyperscale datacenters the likes of Microsoft, Amazon and Google need to run their massive clouds.

How Telemetry Is Making SQL Server and Azure SQL Better: Part 2

More from Microsoft's lead SQL architect about how telemetry data is helping the company deliver regular, highly requested and targeted feature improvements at a massive scale.

How To Try Out Microsoft's Project Honolulu

Installing the new Windows Server management tool is easy enough, but figuring out how to make it work for you will take some time and experimentation.

Oracle Plans Major Cloud Datacenter Push

This is one of Oracle's most ambitious infrastructure projects to date, but is it too late to unseat leaders AWS, Microsoft and Google?

Office 365 Gets Serious About Artificial Intelligence

Here are some of the more practical ways Microsoft is using its vast machine learning and AI assets to make its productivity suite more useful.

How Telemetry Is Making SQL Server and Azure SQL Better: Part 1

In the first of this two-part series, Microsoft's lead SQL architect explains how the company collects -- and secures -- telemetry data from Azure SQL Database customers to improve its engineering process.

My Wish List for Microsoft Surface, Revisited

Where the Surface Pro fell short, the newer Surface Book 2 more than makes up for it.

First Impressions of Microsoft Mixed Reality

From Brien's perspective (floating in outer space high above Mars), Microsoft's latest efforts at melding virtual reality and augmented reality are a vast improvement over the HoloLens.

How To Play Sounds with PowerShell

Instead of twiddling your thumbs as you wait for a long-running script to complete, you can have PowerShell play a sound to alert you when it's done.

How To Navigate the File System in Windows 10's Bash Shell

Bash is fairly easy to install, but using it is another matter. Here are some commands to help IT pros dip their toes in Bash.

Latest Round of Office 365 Updates Show Some Love to Apple Users

Whether you like Apple or not, this is an important step in Microsoft's effort to solidify Office and Office 365 as industry standards.

Windows 10 S: Why It's More (and Less) than You Think

Early assessments of the lightweight OS have been dismissive, but Windows 10 S hints at a significant shift in Microsoft's development approach to Windows.

Spectre and Meltdown: How Do They Impact SQL Server?

IT needs to patch everything, but the Spectre/Meltdown patches come with their own problems, too. Here's how to limit the fallout.

How To Improve the Performance of Windows 10 in a Hyper-V VM

Brien walks through the steps of troubleshooting a (very) slow Windows 10 virtual machine. Hint: Disable your virtual memory at your own risk.

Taking Another Look at Office 365 Planner

Initially underwhelmed by Microsoft's project management app, Brien sees what it can do in a real-world scenario.

Datacenter M&A Deals Skyrocket in 2017

What's behind the surging interest in datacenters? Surprisingly, it's not about acquiring assets.

How To Adapt the Surface Dial to a Useful Task

You don't need to buy a Microsoft Surface Studio to get the most out of the flashy-looking peripheral.

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