Network Management


How To Tell If System Center Configuration Manager Is Ready for Windows 10 Version 1607

Microsoft on Friday offered advice for organizations using System Center Configuration Manager when they are considering upgrading to Windows 10 version 1607.

Microsoft Adds Guest Access to Office 365 Groups

Microsoft has started turning on a new guest capability in Office 365 groups.

Azure Active Directory ID Protection and Privileged ID Management Services Going Live Next Week

Microsoft plans to commercially offer its Azure Active Directory Identity Protection service and its Azure Active Directory Privileged Identity Management service, starting on Sept. 15.

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?

Microsoft Ending SmartScreen Spam Filters in November

Microsoft announced this month that it will stop providing updates for its SmartScreen e-mail spam filters on Nov. 1.

Microsoft Said To Fix PowerShell Problems with Latest Window 10 Update

Microsoft is now giving an all-clear signal, of sorts, with regard to PowerShell issues caused by a late August Windows 10 update release.

Microsoft Suggests IT Pros Must Adapt to Windows 10 Update Process

Microsoft this week reiterated its adapt-or-die message to IT pros responsible for keeping Windows clients and servers updated and patched.

Microsoft Plans to Bring Azure Active Directory Groups to Intune

Microsoft will be swapping out the Intune Groups capability in its Intune mobile management service for its Azure Active Directory Groups approach, starting next month.

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.

Windows 10 Update KB3176934 Breaks PowerShell

The update to Windows 10 version 1607 that was released on Aug. 23 breaks PowerShell and should be deferred, Microsoft announced this week.

Windows Ink, Cortana and Security

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update makes it possible to interact with a system when locked. This can have both security advantages and disadvantages.

Windows 10 Update Flaw Brings Back Removed Apps

Microsoft this week warned that applications already removed from Windows 10 version 1511 images may reappear when systems get updated to Windows 10 version 1607, the "anniversary update."

Microsoft Expands Azure Active Directory ID Protection Preview with User Risk Policy

Microsoft has improved its preview of the Azure Active Directory Identity Protection service for federated tenants and also expanded the preview to Europe.

Cisco Firewall Products Targeted by NSA Hacking Tools

Cisco this week acknowledged that some of its firewall appliance products are being targeted by purportedly leaked U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) hacking tools.

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