Windows 11 is Faster, Even on Identical Hardware

by Russell Smith

As we quickly approach Windows 11 general availability, scheduled for October 5th, Microsoft has revealed that Windows 11's speed should be significantly boosted, even on identical hardware. In a recent YouTube video on the Microsoft Mechanics channel, Microsoft provided an exclusive look at performance optimizations, improvements to the servicing model and orchestration engine, and details… Read More

How to Manage Windows Updates with PowerShell

by Russell Smith

Managing Windows Update with PowerShell has until recently only been possible using a third-party module. But starting in Windows Server 2019, Microsoft's WindowsUpdateProvider PowerShell module is included out-of-the-box and it allows you to perform simple Windows Update management tasks, like starting a scan and installing updates. In this article, I will show you how to… Read More

Microsoft Offers Free Support for Windows 11 and Windows 10 21H2 Commercial Previews

by Russell Smith

Microsoft announced September 2nd that it is releasing Windows 11 and Windows 10 (version 21H2) commercial previews. Organizations in the Windows Insider Program for Business can access the builds and get free support. The builds are available through the usual channels, like Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Azure Marketplace, and the Windows Insider… Read More

How to Install and Use Windows Admin Center

by Michael Reinders

Back on September 14, 2017, at Microsoft's 'Ignite' tech conference in Orlando, FL, I was fortunate to witness history, in-person. I was in the session where Microsoft's Server team announced 'Project Honolulu', a brand new, written from-the-ground-up management tool for Windows Servers, Windows 10, and Azure resources. When the product officially went live on April… Read More

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