Network Management

Standardizing the Look of Outlook's Outbound Messages

Microsoft typically gives users a blank canvas to compose new e-mails in Outlook. In some corporate environments, however, a blank canvas isn't a good thing.

Windows 10 'Semiannual Channel Targeted' Goes Away This Spring

Microsoft plans to slightly alter its Windows servicing lingo and management behavior with its next Windows 10 operating system feature update release, coming this spring.

System Center VMM Library Availability for Unmanaged Hosts

You know that SCVMM libraries can store ISO files, virtual hard disks and various types of templates in a single location for use on all of your managed hosts. But what about unmanaged hosts?

Microsoft Previews SAML Token Encryption in Azure Active Directory

Microsoft has been adding to its Azure Active Directory capabilities in recent weeks.

Windows Update Classifications Can Cause Orgs To Miss Fixes to Bad Patches

Organizations using Microsoft's tools to manage Windows updates could be missing out on early fixes to problems because of the way Microsoft classifies its updates.

NSA Offers Guide on Speculative Execution Side-Channel Attacks

The U.S. National Security Agency issued updated guidance late last month on the various speculative execution side-channel flaws that open up all systems using modern processors to potential attacks.

Black Box

When To Back Up the Windows Desktop (And When To Skip It)

It goes without saying that data should be backed up, but what about the OS? The short answer is, it depends.

Microsoft Previews One-Time Passcodes in Azure AD B2B Service

Microsoft added a preview feature to its Azure Active Directory Business to Business (B2B) service that makes it easier for business partners to gain access to an organization's network resources.

How To Create Multi-Dimensional Arrays in PowerShell

A quick primer on one of the most useful tools in PowerShell scripting.

Microsoft Drops 'Preview' Label from Week 4 .NET Framework Updates

Microsoft announced a subtle change to its .NET Framework patch labeling earlier this week that's notable for IT pros handling the monthly patching of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 environments.

Microsoft Ups Its Windows 10 App Compatibility Assurances

Microsoft gave assurances this week that organizations adopting Windows 10 likely won't face application compatibility issues.

Frozen Glass

How To Use PowerShell Splatting

Despite its weird name, splatting can be a really handy technique if you create a lot of PowerShell scripts.

Windows 7 To Fall Out of Support in One Year

January 14 marks a one-year period before the end of support for Windows 7.

How To Use PowerShell's Out Verb

Your screen doesn't have to be PowerShell's only output device. As Brien shows, the Out verb lets you redirect PowerShell's output in a variety of useful ways.

Upgrading to System Center Virtual Machine Manager Version 1807, Part 2

Now that you've cleared all the system requirements, the next step is to install SCVMM version 1801 and then update from there. Brien shows you how.

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