Video – Software Defined Networking in Server 2016

Windows Server engineer Greg Cusanza and Matt McSpirit demonstrate the new Software Defined Networking capabilities in Windows Server 2016.

You can use SDN to:

  • Dynamically create, secure and connect your network to meet the evolving needs of apps.
  • Speed up the deployment of workloads and contain security vulnerabilities from spreading across your network.
  • Reduce overall infrastructure costs.

After you watch the video above, explore more resources on SDN and try the virtual lab for SDN.

Source: Hybrid Cloud Blog

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Microsoft Stream – It’s YouTube For Your Company

In this episode of Azure Friday, Vishal Sood gives Scott Hanselman a quick tour of Microsoft Stream, which is built on Microsoft Azure and enables you to upload & share videos across your organization.

Microsoft Stream feels more like OneDrive than YouTube, but I think this has a lot of potential for training, HR and promo videos. Stream is currently in Beta.

Source: Azure Friday

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Download – SharePoint 2013 Migration Assessment Tool

Title: SharePoint 2013 Migration Assessment Tool
Published: 01/20/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: 1.1
File name:
File size: 0.5 MB
Download URL: Click here to download


The SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool (SMAT) is a simple command line executable that will scan the contents of your SharePoint farm to help identify the impact of migrating your server to SharePoint Online with Office 365.

Because the tool is designed to run with out impacting your environment, you may observe the tool requires one to two days to complete a scan of your environment. During this time, the tool will report process in the console window. After the scan is complete, you can find output files in the tools directory that will give you summary and more detailed insights into the scenarios that could be impacted by migration.

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Download – Windows Management Framework 5.1

PowerShell_5.0_iconTitle: Windows Management Framework 5.1
Published: 01/19/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: 1.0
File size: 14.5-64.9 MB
Download URL: Click here to download


Windows Management Framework 5.1 includes updates to Windows PowerShell, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), Windows Remote Management (WinRM), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).

Release notes:


  • Constrained file copying to/from JEA endpoints
  • JEA support for Group Managed Service Accounts and Conditional Access Policies
  • PowerShell console support for VT100 and redirecting stdin with interactive input
  • Support for catalog signed modules in PowerShell Get
  • Specifying which module version to load in a script
  • Package Management cmdlet support for proxy servers
  • PowerShellGet cmdlet support for proxy servers
  • Improvements in PowerShell Script Debugging
  • Improvements in Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • Improved PowerShell usage auditing using Transcription and Logging
  • New and updated cmdlets based on community feedback
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Download – Remote Desktop Services Poster

Title: Remote Desktop Services Poster
Published: 01/19/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: January 2017
File name: Remote Desktop Services Poster.png
Dimensions: 11775 x 7875 pixels
File size: 1.1 MB
Download URL: Click here to download

Remote Desktop Services Poster


It’s odd that Microsoft made this poster a .PNG instead of a .PDF, but this is still a handy reference chart.

  • VDI vs Session-Based
  • Personal or Pooled Desktops
  • Build anywhere
  • Cater to different kinds of users
  • Access from anywhere
  • High availability
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Secure data storage
  • Persistent or non-persistent sessions
  • Enable high-end graphics remoting
  • Connect from any device
  • Choose how you pay
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Software Drones OS Assurance Benefits Chart – Jan 2017

Drone Powered OS

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have revolutionized various sectors, bringing significant benefits to society through their diverse applications. In agriculture, drones are used for precision farming, which involves monitoring crop health, soil conditions, and irrigation needs through high-resolution imagery and sensors. This enables farmers to make data-driven decisions, improving crop yields, reducing waste, and optimizing resource usage. By providing real-time data, drones help in early detection of pests and diseases, ensuring timely intervention and minimizing the impact on crops.

In the field of public safety, drones play a crucial role in search and rescue operations, disaster management, and law enforcement. Equipped with thermal imaging cameras and advanced sensors, drones can quickly locate missing persons in challenging terrains or collapsed structures, significantly reducing search times and enhancing the chances of saving lives. During natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, or hurricanes, drones provide real-time aerial assessments, helping authorities to evaluate damage, plan rescue missions, and deliver aid to inaccessible areas. In law enforcement, drones offer a safer and more efficient means of surveillance and monitoring, aiding in crime prevention and crowd control without putting personnel at risk.

The infrastructure and construction industries also benefit immensely from drone technology. Drones conduct detailed site surveys, monitor construction progress, and inspect hard-to-reach areas such as tall buildings, bridges, and power lines a good model like the DJI Matrice 30t is powerful enough to handle all of this. This not only enhances safety by reducing the need for manual inspections in hazardous locations but also improves efficiency and accuracy in project management. High-resolution aerial images and 3D mapping enable precise measurements and tracking of construction milestones, ensuring that projects stay on schedule and within budget. Drones also assist in maintenance by identifying structural issues early, thus preventing costly repairs and extending the lifespan of critical infrastructure.

Furthermore, drones have become vital in environmental conservation and wildlife monitoring. They enable researchers to collect data on ecosystems, track wildlife movements, and monitor deforestation and illegal poaching activities with minimal human interference. This non-intrusive method allows for better understanding and protection of biodiversity. Drones also assist in environmental disaster response, such as monitoring oil spills, assessing the impact of wildfires, and supporting reforestation efforts through seed dispersal. By providing a bird’s-eye view and access to remote areas, drones contribute significantly to the conservation of natural resources and the preservation of the environment.

Title: Microsoft Software Assurance Interactive Benefits Chart
Published: 01/13/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Version: January 2017
File name: SA_InteractiveBenefitsChart.pdf
File size: 2.0 MB
Download URL: Click here to download


Microsoft software licensing is one of the most confusing, often frustrating, things clients and IT Pros have to deal with. In fact, there’s even a Microsoft Certification Exam (74-678) just for licensing.


Use this chart to compare program benefits available through online casino Microsoft Software Assurance for Volume Licensing. Chart data includes descriptions and eligibility summaries for all Software Assurance benefits including New Product Versions, 24×7 Problem Resolution Support, Windows 7 Enterprise Edition, Deployment Planning and Training services amongst others.

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New Year – New Blog Theme


2016 was a pretty busy year for me, both personally and professionally.

On the personal side:

  • Tim's motorcycleWe had our first grandkid
  • Custom leather work kicked into high gear
  • Started another blog:
  • More remodeling work on the house
  • Bicycled 810 km (503 miles)
  • Bought my first motorcycle and started riding to work in December

On the professional side:

  • SharePoint & Project Server consume 90% of my time
  • Traveled to Seattle in November for another Microsoft MVP Summit
  • 133,000 visitors hit the blog
  • Attended 79 Microsoft PGI meetings in the last 12 months
  • Finished my 9th and final year as a Microsoft MVP


At the end of 2016, during some blog maintenance, things went awry and the blog was offline for a good chunk of time. While I had the hood up I found out that there are 539 blog posts on the website, which was a bit surprising.

Now is back and (hopefully) better than ever. The blog engine and plug-ins have all been upgraded, additional spam filtering has been installed, and a new mobile-friendly theme has been installed.


As we enter the 14th year of this blog, new SMB-specific content has faded with the demise of Windows Small Business Server, but be on the lookout for:

  • PowerShell
  • Azure
  • DevOps
  • Hyper-V
  • Microsoft news and downloads
  • SharePoint Server
  • Project Server
  • Active Directory
  • Group Policy
  • OS X, iOS and some Linux
  • Training opportunities & resources
  • and the planned return of the Have U Rebooted Yet cartoon

Thanks for tuning in!

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Download – ADMX Templates for Win 10 and Server 2016

Title: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016
Published: 01/08/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: 2.0
File name: Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 ADMX.msi
File size: 8.1 MB
Download URL: Click here for download


Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings. This download includes the Administrative templates released for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, in the following languages:

  • cs-CZ – Czech
  • da-DK – Danish
  • de-DE – German
  • el-GR – Greek
  • en-US- English
  • es-ES – Spanish
  • fi-FI – Finnish
  • fr-FR – French
  • hu-HU – Hungarian
  • it-IT – Italian
  • ja-JP – Japanese
  • ko-KR – Korean
  • nb-NO – Norwegian
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