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Uploading a PowerShell Gallery Module Directly to Azure Automation

Azure Automation can be an excellent PowerShell script orchestration tool, though it has just a limited number of PowerShell modules. Luckily, we can upload our own modules, too.

Windows Server 2019 Launch Coming October

Microsoft is poised to make Windows Server 2019 generally available in October, the company announced Monday at the start of its 2018 Ignite conference.

Microsoft Streamlines Its Model for Windows Servicing Stack Updates

To avoid issues that have affected some Windows 7 users, Microsoft will start releasing Windows servicing stack updates (SSUs) as part of its monthly update rollups starting next month.

Windows Admin Center Version 1809 Hits General Availability

Windows Admin Center version 1809 is now safe to use in production environments; Microsoft announced the general availability of its next-gen browser-based management portal last week.

AWS Adds PowerShell Core 6.0 Support in Lambda

Lambda, the serverless computing platform from Amazon Web Services (AWS), now supports Microsoft PowerShell Core 6.0, the cloud giant announced this month.

.NET Framework Patch Rollouts To Split from Windows Patches

Microsoft this week announced a change to its .NET Framework patch delivery scheme that could take effect as early as October.

Microsoft To End Classic Intune Portal Alongside Windows 7

Microsoft's "classic" Intune device management portal will die with Windows 7 in 2020, Microsoft said last week.

Microsoft Adds Malware-Blocking Feature to Office 365 ProPlus

In a bid to protect subscribers against malicious macros, Microsoft recently integrated a 3-year-old security technology called Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI) to Office 365 ProPlus.

PowerShell Core Updated to Version 6.1

Version 6.1 of PowerShell Core, Microsoft's scripting tool that's used for DevOps purposes, is now available, the company announced last week.

Microsoft Patches Zero-Day Security Flaw in September Update Rollout

A zero-day local privilege escalation flaw that was disclosed on Twitter last month now has a fix by way of Microsoft's September security update rollout.

Microsoft's 'Project VAST' Starts Rolling Out

Microsoft Premier customers can now begin using the company's Project VAST security product to create data visualizations of their organization's security landscape.

Microsoft Boosts Azure VPN Support in Windows Server 2019

Among the top networking features coming to Windows Server 2019 is the ability to quickly set up connections to Azure virtual networks, Microsoft revealed earlier this month.

Microsoft Announces New Windows and Office Servicing Terms

Jared Spataro, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Office and Windows Marketing, announced new guidelines regarding Windows and Office 365 ProPlus servicing last week.

Intune Premier Support Requests Will Soon Be Directed to Azure Portal

Starting Dec. 3, 2018, Microsoft will funnel Intune support requests from organizations with Microsoft Premier support accounts toward the Azure Portal, instead of the Microsoft Premier Online Portal.

Microsoft Announces Windows Server 2019 Essentials for Small Biz

A forthcoming -- and possibly final -- version of Windows Server Essentials is on tap from Microsoft later this year aimed at small businesses.

Microsoft's Cloud Recovering from Datacenter Lightning Strike

A lightning strike affecting Microsoft's San Antonio, Texas datacenter temporarily knocked out the power, causing service outages that affected many regional South Central U.S. Azure and Office 365 services.

Microsoft Touts Windows Server 2019's SDN Security Features

Microsoft this week put the spotlight on the software-defined networking security capabilities coming to Windows Server 2019, calling it one of the product's top 10 networking features.

Microsoft Opens Azure Active Directory B2B Service to Google Users

Microsoft's Azure Active Directory Business to Business (B2B) service now supports Google IDs, marking the first time that Microsoft has allowed users with non-Microsoft IDs to use the service.

Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 Zero-Day Flaw Disclosed

A zero-day flaw in the Windows Task Scheduler in 64-bit Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 was disclosed this week, with no known remedy.

Building Your First Azure Automation Runbook

In today's IT organizations, it's critical for system admins to know how to automate processes. Luckily, we have tools like Azure Automation to help us out.

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