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Proxy and B2C Improvements Arriving in Azure AD

Microsoft delivered another set of improvements to Azure Active Directory (AD) this week, making it easier to publish applications using the Application Proxy service, as well as adding new Business to Consumer (B2C) features.

Working with Performance Counters in PowerShell

The PerfMon tool has a lot troubleshooting advantages going for it, but its interface isn't necessarily one of them. Here's an alternative.

Microsoft Updates Azure AD with New User and Policy Features

Azure Active Directory (AD) end users and IT pros can now access several new improvements, as recently detailed by Microsoft.

With Microsoft Support Changes, Windows Gets Reprieve but Office Misses Out

Some recently announced support policy changes may prove to be a mixed bag for enterprises running two of Microsoft's staple products.

Ensuring a Clean PowerShell Session for Your Pester Tests

It's important to start tests with a clean session, especially when writing unit tests and creating mocks. Here's how to run Pester tests in a completely new PowerShell process.

Microsoft Standardizes Office Code Across Windows, Mac and Android

The most recent round of improvements to Microsoft's Office productivity suite included the news that the Office codebase is now unified across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

Microsoft Helps Orgs Block Faulty Intel 'Spectre' Patches

Microsoft recently released resources for organizations grappling with flawed firmware updates from Intel that have resulted in reboot problems in some cases.

Microsoft 'Playbook' Gives SharePoint Patching Guidance

IT pros who update SharePoint Server installations now have some help from Microsoft in the form of a new "SharePoint Build to Build Update Playbook."

Viewing Your Drive Information with PowerShell

Using Windows Management Instrumentation makes it easy to pull information about the drives on your system or remote systems. Here's how.

Microsoft Gets More Transparent About Windows 10's Data Collection

A new app in the latest Windows 10 test build gives users some insight into the kind of privacy-related information that Microsoft collects from their devices.

Microsoft Adds Support for In-Place Upgrades to Windows Server

The latest test build of Windows Server, known as "build 17074," includes support for in-place upgrades and smaller Server Core base images, Microsoft said this week.

Intel Roots Out Cause of Reboot Problems After Meltdown Patch

Intel has identified the cause of the reboot issues affecting its Haswell and Broadwell processors after being patched against Meltdown and Spectre attack scenarios.

Microsoft Explains SCCM's Role in the Windows Update Model

In a new video series, Microsoft details how administrators can manage Windows clients using System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

Intel's Meltdown and Spectre Patches Can Slow Down Servers

Intel's firmware updates to address the Meltdown and Spectre attacks could result in slower server performance, the company indicated this week.

Microsoft Adds Storage Spaces Direct Support to Windows Server

The latest test build of Windows Server, known as "build 17074," rolled out this week with some new enhancements to Storage Spaces Direct (SSD).

Filtering Command Output in PowerShell

In which Adam demonstrates the truth in the old PowerShell adage: "The more you can limit the number of objects returned to the pipeline, the faster you code will run."

Microsoft Releases PowerShell Core 6.0

Microsoft last week announced the general availability of PowerShell Core 6.0, which is notable for being a cross-platform DevOps tool for Windows, Linux and macOS.

Microsoft Warns of System Slowdowns from Meltdown and Spectre Patches

Microsoft's fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws will noticeably slow down some users' systems, the company confirmed this week.

Intel Plans Broad Patch Rollout To Tackle Meltdown and Spectre

To address the recently disclosed Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities affecting most modern processors, Intel will issue security patches for all Intel chips released in the past five years by the end of this month.

How To Do Math with PowerShell

PowerShell is more than just scripting and automation. Given the right functions, you can also use it to solve numerical equations -- from the simple to the complex. Here's how.

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