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Config Manager goes hybrid, rethinks Windows 10 admin

The new SCCM is a bridge to broader identity-based management for Windows, iOS, Android, and sometimes OS X

Why aren't you managing your Macs?

Macs are showing up at work in larger numbers, but all too often, they're left unmanaged

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18 cardinal rules of systems administration

Holding yourself to this set of rules will help to keep your systems running smoothly and your users happy

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Remember sed and awk? All Linux admins should

We aren’t doing the next generation of Linux and Unix admins any favors by forgetting init scripts and fundamental tools

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Ride 'em cowboy? Easy does it in IT

There are old admins and bold admins, but very few old, bold admins

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Flocker rounds up storage hardware support to bolster Docker

Can Docker handle third-party storage devices as flexibly as it handles software, too? Flocker is out to prove it can

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The thin line between good and bad automation

Scripts that call scripts that call scripts can lead to very dark places

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Old software: The savior and scourge of IT

Software will inevitably grow old, but it should never be allowed to fade away


Hey, stop messing with my command line

Maintaining consistency in interfaces across versions isn't easy, but it's crucial to an admin's sanity

Small IT, big problems: Log data reveals the unknown

Even the smallest IT team can leverage log management for smoother operations and stronger security

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Hey, United! Try moving your IT to the cloud

A data center outage grounded United flights -- again. Perhaps the airline should look for a more reliable venue for its systems

Oracle offers software to ease move to a hybrid Oracle cloud

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 5 can manage the company's databases and application servers in the cloud

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Mesosphere OS manages entire data centers with one click

Mesosphere's DCOS manages both apps and their Linux systems and could be a particular boon to public cloud users

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Puppet Enterprise 3.8 adds Docker, AWS management

Puppet Enterprise 3.8 includes Docker and AWS management modules, as well as the first supported release of Razor for bare-metal management

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Kludges are a scourge -- except when they aren't

You should know real kludges when you see them, but sometimes a quick hack turns out to be the best way to go

Tanium's fast-acting endpoint management tool grows up

A new version of the endpoint management tool will be able to handle enterprises with millions of clients

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Snowed in? That’s why you set up remote access

Remote power control, automated network testing, and plenty of error checking are almost as good as being there

Enterprises can now use Dell's Kace appliance to manage Chromebooks

The Kace K1000 enterprise asset management software can also keep tabs on many other types of devices

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