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Administrators can configure a Windows Server Update Services server -- or several -- to manage and distribute updates from Microsoft.
System Center Orchestrator tackles tedious tasks and can even make autonomous decisions based on conditions set by the Windows administrator.
To combat various Windows Update problems, administrators should consider implementing a WSUS server to regain control over the patching process.
Microsoft added external access for Office 365 Groups, which means administrators must contend with confidentiality and lifecycle issues until the service matures.
The Role-Based Access Control model manages and evaluates permissions in Exchange Online. Admins can explore the model, create new permissions and customize roles.
Administrators tasked with handling many Exchange Online mailboxes can perform tasks, such as setting mailbox size limits and searching for messages, in bulk with PowerShell.
With Identity Manager, VMware's identity as a service offering, IT admins can deliver a variety of application types across devices and users can access resources through single sign-on.
Three experts share their thoughts on what's next for enterprise desktop admins in 2017, including what to expect from Windows 10 security.
If admins notice any issues with tasks running on Windows, they can turn to NirSoft's TaskSchedulerView to pinpoint the culprit and fix the problems.
Experts predict multicloud computing will be a top enterprise trend in 2017, but some cloud users question whether the touted benefits are worth the jump over significant IT management hurdles.
When choosing a platform, enterprises need to focus on features and prices for Azure, Google and AWS. Take a look under the hood before you take it for a spin.
Some IT shops try to force-fit legacy orchestration tools to cloud -- but that can backfire. Instead, evaluate new orchestration tools, especially those built for hybrid models.
Expert Joey D'Antoni explains what SQL Server on Linux and the addition of Enterprise Edition features to Standard Edition say about the changing face of Microsoft.
SQL Server is a CPU-intensive technology, which can make it tricky to run in a virtualized environment. Keep your SQL Server virtual machines running smoothly with these tips on using Hyper-V.
Microsoft looks to broaden the horizons of SQL Server, as it moves some Enterprise features to Standard Edition and issues the first public preview of a release supporting SQL Server on Linux.
Erroneous sales data may pose potential conflicts between some vendors and their partners; however, most vendors seem more interested in keeping the peace.
IT companies should seek out motivated workers, commit to continuous learning and invest in employee well-being to minimize the effects of the IT labor shortfall.
Datapipe, an MSP and cloud services provider, has unveiled a platform for designing, testing and deploying applications that will run in the cloud; other news from the week.