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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?

Can Skype and Office 365 Replace Traditional Enterprise Phone Systems?

Skype for Business Server and the new Cloud PBX option in Office 365 are gradually becoming viable alternatives to traditional telephone systems, but many key features are still under development.

Restacking Azure Stack

Microsoft's decision to deliver the first iteration of Azure Stack only to engineered systems from Dell, HPE and Lenovo surprised some customers and partners, but the company believes it will ensure a more consistent and reliable experience.

Skype for Business: Assembly Required

The on-premises and cloud editions of Skype for Business Server and the Cloud PBX are promising and less-expensive alternatives to traditional phone systems, but come in a complex array of options and require integration.

Azure Pack: Hyper-Converged

The HPE HC 250 puts the Microsoft cloud platform system in a box with Windows Server, System Center and the Windows Azure Pack portal.

How To Back Up Hyper-V to Amazon Web Services

A guide to configuring the AWS Gateway to back up your Hyper-V VMs in the Amazon public cloud.

3 Key Components To Building a Positive SharePoint Experience

Knowing what and when to collect user information is critical

Microsoft Enters Uncharted Waters with LinkedIn Acquisition

Microsoft is pursuing a new path with its $26.2 billion surprise deal to acquire LinkedIn. Many believe it's the catalyst Microsoft needs for growth, but skeptics question whether it'll work.

Backup to Azure: A Practical Choice for Enterprises

Implementing Microsoft's new StorSimple Virtual Array offers a more practical and affordable approach to using Microsoft Azure as a cloud-based target for backup and disaster recovery.

Big Backup Targets: Balancing Data Integrity and Security

The move to protect data in the cloud is rising incrementally, and while there are numerous services provider options, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are key choices.

Operations Management Suite Gives Admins a Deeper View

Office 365 is the latest component Microsoft is adding to its new OMS, which provides in-depth usage and monitoring reports.

My Strange Windows 10 Upgrade Odyssey

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on July 29, so if you got the "all clear" signal, should you actually go through with a Windows 7 system upgrade?

How To Build a Better PowerShell Test-Connection Function with Proxy Commands

It's easier to modify an existing cmdlet to your needs than writing one from scratch.

Microsoft and Citrix Solidify Deep Friendship

Microsoft's most enduring partnership with Citrix is now more extensive than ever.

Microsoft's Configuration Manager Team Talks Service Models and Other Plans

Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) team has been fielding questions, and even providing answers about service models and roadmap plans.

Microsoft Is Mobilizing DevOps

How a focus on DevOps is helping Microsoft win the loyalty of incumbent dev shops as they move increasingly to mobile app development.

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