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IT Skills Poised To Pay

Advances in mobility, cloud, Big Data, DevOps and digital delivery, plus the shift to more rapid release cycles of software and services, are enabling businesses to become more agile.

The Digital Transformation of IT

A new generation of technology is surfacing that will have a major impact on business, the workforce, and the skills demanded of IT professionals and developers.

Q&A with Matthew McDermott: Upgrading to SharePoint 2016

As companies grapple with the question of upgrading to SharePoint 2016, noted expert Matthew McDermott offers his thoughts.

Microsoft Offers Further Windows 10 Servicing Clarifications

The rather complicated Windows 10 updating process that Microsoft expects organizations to follow got some additional light this month.

Microsoft Unveils SQL Server's Future

Microsoft packed a number of major announcements, including SP1 improvements and Linux support, in this month's key note address by Scott Guthrie at their Connect() virtual event.

Understanding PowerShell Class Inheritance

Inheritance will save you a ton of time when creating similar classes by repurposing some of the work you've already done and cutting down on redundancy.

Microsoft Explains Windows Server 2016 Patching

Windows Server 2016 patching likely won't differ too much from the monthly cumulative update model laid out by Microsoft for other Windows products, but there are some nuances.

Microsoft's Massive Azure Extension into the Enterprise

Now that Windows Server 2016 is available, Microsoft says IT pros and developers can build and extend containerized workloads and applications to its network- and compute-enhanced Azure public cloud -- and vice versa.

Shield Hyper-V with Microsoft's Host Guardian Service

The new Windows Server 2016 is the most secure version of Microsoft's server OS with the introduction of the Host Guardian Service for Hyper-V Shielded VMs. Learn about this critical new feature and how to configure and implement it.

Q&A with Greg Shields: Top VMware vSphere Tips

Dive deep into the world of vSphere with noted virtualization expert Greg Shields.

Q&A: Syncing Office 365 with Azure Active Directory

Office and SharePoint Live presenters Dan Usher and Scott Hoag discuss how you can simplify your life with automation.

First Look: Azure Resource Manager

Deploy, manage or delete applications without having to deal with the individual components that make up the application.

Microsoft Makes the Case for Windows Server 2016

The company showcased the latest Windows Server improvements in security, cost savings and cloud-based app management.

Q&A: Why You're Writing Your PowerShell Functions Wrong!

Don Jones, TechMentor presenter and cochair, discusses some of his observations on how people are using PowerShell, and how they could do a better job.

Q&A: PowerShell for Office 365

A Microsoft SharePoint MVP shares his insights on what PowerShell can do for you with Office 365.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Linux Inside

Harness Bash and PowerShell for DevOps everywhere you work with the new Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Manage Group Projects with Microsoft Planner

Microsoft has added a planning application for Office 365 business and enterprise subscriptions that's useful for managing group projects and tasks.

Dissecting Windows 10 Security

New features such as the Antimalware Scan Interface, Virtualization-Based Security and threat analytics are making Windows much more difficult to exploit, but hackers and researchers demonstrate it's still not impossible.

Added IT Flexibility with System Center Operations Manager 2016

The forthcoming release of System Center Operations Manager 2016 will provide administrators with scheduled maintenance, improved support for management packs, alert tuning and support for the new Windows Server Nano configuration option.

Containers vs. Virtual Machines

The release of Windows Server 2016 will bring a new option of building apps based on micro-services that run in Docker and other standard containers. Does that portend the end of the VM?

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