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Microsoft Replacing MSI, AppX with New Packaging Tool

Microsoft's new MSIX packaging solution, which the company eventually plans to make the centerpiece of its deployment toolset, is now available as a preview from the Microsoft Store.

How To Replace Text in a File with PowerShell

Whether the string you're looking for inside a text file is a single word or a complicated pattern, PowerShell has the ability to find and replace just about anything.

Microsoft Readies PowerShell Core 6.1 for Release, with Some Caveats

Microsoft recently announced that PowerShell Core 6.1 is expected to hit general availability at the end of August, but warned that compatibility with some Windows PowerShell modules will arrive later.

Microsoft Explains Its Windows 10 Patching Process

In response to public requests for a primer on Microsoft's monthly update servicing for Windows 10, John Wilcox, a contributor to the Microsoft Tech Community, recently shared some details of the company's update release process.

SCCM Update 1806 Gets Device Querying as It Nears Release

The latest "semiannual channel" release of Microsoft's device and server management system will arrive in the next few weeks, Microsoft said on Tuesday.

Better Bandwidth Control Added to Windows Server 2019 Preview

The latest test build of Windows Server 2019 (build 17723) was released this week to Windows Insider Program participants with new features related to bandwidth control and Kubernetes.

Microsoft Test Drives Password Alternative in Edge Browser

Users of the Microsoft Edge browser can now test an alternative means of carrying out user authentications besides passwords.

SQL Server Problems Caused by Microsoft's July Windows Patches

An announcement last week by Microsoft's Customer Service and Support team indicated that Windows patches from Microsoft's July 10 "update Tuesday" release may have caused SQL Server failures after reboot.

Microsoft Launches Preview of Azure AD Activity Logs

A preview release of Azure Active Directory Activity Logs, which show up in Azure Monitor, is now available, Microsoft announced last week.

'Commercial Previews' of Exchange and Skype for Business 2019 Released

Microsoft has released the "commercial previews" of the 2019-branded editions of its Exchange Server and Skype for Business products.

Investigating File Signatures Using PowerShell

Looking at the signature of a file quickly lets you know whether that file is really what it claims to be. Here's how to tap PowerShell to figure out the file signature.

App Issues Cause Microsoft To Retract .NET Patches

.NET Framework updates that Microsoft released as part of its most recent "update Tuesday" rollup on July 10 are giving some organizations headaches, the company acknowledged recently.

Microsoft's Azure File Sync Service Hits General Availability

The Azure File Sync service, which Microsoft first unveiled at last year's Ignite conference and is designed to enable centralized file shares, is now generally available.

Microsoft: Exchange, Skype Issues Caused by July Patches

Microsoft admitted this week that organizations using Lync Server 2013, Skype for Business Server 2015 and Exchange Server took a hit after applying its July 10 "update Tuesday" patches.

How To Transfer Files via SCP with PowerShell

Native support for Secure Copy Protocol (SCP) isn't in PowerShell, but that doesn't mean it's not capable.

Windows Server Remote Desktop Web Client Now Generally Available

After a four-month preview phase, Windows Server's Remote Desktop Web client is now production-ready in 18 languages, Microsoft announced on Monday.

Microsoft Offers 3-Year Security Reprieve for Older Server Products

Microsoft is replacing its "Premium Assurance" support offering for SQL Server and Windows Server with a new Extended Security Updates program.

Microsoft Pulling the Plug on Windows 10 'Delta Updates'

Microsoft will stop releasing Windows 10 "delta updates" after Feb. 12, 2019, the company announced last week, pushing organizations to use "express updates" each month instead.

Microsoft Moves Windows 10 April 2018 Update to 'Semiannual Channel' Stage

Windows 10 version 1803 (also known as the April 2018 Update and previously code-named "Redstone 4") is now in the semiannual channel (SAC) release stage, Microsoft said this week, though what that designation means for organizations is a little unclear.

Microsoft Gives End Date for Basic Authentication in Web Exchange

Microsoft announced its end-of-support plans for some Exchange Web Services components earlier this month.

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