Server OS Spotlight

The server operating system is the engine behind the applications running on the server. Whether you choose Windows Server 2008 R2, Ubuntu server or a proprietary Unix server, it's important to know what's under the hood. Keep up with the latest news and trends, and find some tips to give your server a tune-up, here.

Red Hat Grows Linux Business as Telcos Adopt OpenStack

Red Hat reports first quarter fiscal 2018 revenue of $677 million as the company's core Linux platform continues to score large deals.

Debian 9 Stretches Linux Distribution Forward

After two years of development, a major milestone release of open-source Linux distribution debuts, set for five years of support.

Manage Microsoft DNS Servers Using PowerShell Cmdlets: Checking Domain Zone Aging Settings

Discover a PowerShell script you can use to easily check the DNS Aging settings for all domain zones managed by your DNS Server.

Collecting Critical AD Security Groups Members Count for Easy Tracking

Our latest Active Directory Server Tutorial can help you efficiently monitor and maintain group membership numbers for critical security groups in Active Directory.

Red Hat CEO: Planning Is Dead

At the Red Hat Summit, CEO Jim Whitehurst explains why the open source and DevOps model for iteration is the key to innovation.

Red Hat: Containers are Not Magic

Red Hat doubles down on containers and takes a stab at cloud rival Mirantis too.

Linux 4.11 Improves Security and Performance

The second major Linux kernel release of 2017 is now out.

Ubuntu 12.04 Linux Hits End of Life Today

10 million systems still run Ubuntu 12.04, which will no longer be supported for free after April 28.

Tracking Active Directory Operations with PowerShell Commands

While keeping track of all the Active Directory changes made in an enterprise environment isn't exactly an easy task, this handy PowerShell script can provide a quick and efficient way to stay on top of AD operations.

Ubuntu Boosts Linux Performance on AWS Cloud

While users can choose to run and install just about anything on a cloud, Ubuntu now has a new kernel tuned specifically for Amazon Web Services.

Azure Automation DSC Configures from the Cloud

Microsoft's powerful configuration management tool in Azure Automation DSC enables you to efficiently control systems in Azure, Amazon AWS and on-premises.

Canonical Goes Long for Ubuntu Server Support

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will now be supported for longer than five years, but it's going to cost some extra money.

HPE's Apollo 4510 Does Windows Storage Server 2016

The latest Apollo server system plays a key role in HPE's new emphasis on the concept of a composable architecture for building out your datacenter.

AD Key Health Checks, Part 4: Backing Up AD Partitions

Continuing our deep dive into Active Directory health checks, our latest Server Tutorial illustrates the need for regularly backing up AD Partitions in an Active Directory forest environment and shares a script to help you with the process.

Microsoft Releases Third and Final Azure Stack Technical Preview

The software giant reveals Azure Stack's pricing model and adds new features as the solution approaches general availability.

Azure Command Line Extends Its Cloud Services Reach

The version 2.0 release of the Azure Command Line tool allows administrators to configure and manage more Azure cloud services, including SQL Server and Redis.

OpenStack Ocata Nova Cells Set to Improve Cloud Scalability

The 15th release of the OpenStack cloud platform debuted this week, and with it comes the groundwork for major virtual server scalability improvements.

Windows Server 2016 Does Containers

Microsoft's latest server OS signals a whole new way of thinking for Microsoft, highlighted by the incorporation of open source projects like Docker via Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers.

Oracle Powers New Exadata SL6 with SPARC Linux

After nearly a decade of x86 powered Exadata database machines, Oracle announces a new system powered by SPARC T7-2 processors.

AD Key Health Checks, Part 3: Designating Bridgehead Servers

Our latest Server Tutorial reveals why it's imperative to avoid designating manual bridgehead servers in a large Active Directory production environment and how to easily check for this issue.

Oracle Officially Migrates Solaris to Continuous Delivery Approach

If you've been anxiously awaiting a Solaris 12 release, don't bother, as there won't be one arriving anytime soon.

IBM Mainframe Revenue Growing as Overall Systems Revenue Decline

IBM reports full year fiscal 2016 revenue of $79.9B, as several emerging markets help offset a period of transition for IBM Power Systems.

Top 10 Linux Server Distributions of 2017

The Top 10 Linux server operating system distros ranked by ease of use, cost, available support and data center reliability.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 Hits Beta

RHEL 6.9 introduces a new base image and extends TLS 1.2 security support for all system components.

Snappy vs. Flatpak: Unified Linux Packaging Systems

[VIDEO] Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, details his ideas around Snappy and why it matters.

Red Hat Wins Big with OpenShift in 3Q17

Red Hat reports third quarter fiscal 2017 revenue of $615 million, with some large OpenShift deals helping to power the company forward.

CoreOS Linux Rebranded as Container Linux, as Kubernetes Goes Self-Service

CoreOS updates its Tectonic platform with ideas already proven in its Managed Linux product.

Keeping Active Directory Running Smoothly - Key Health Checks, Part 2

Discover how and why it's vital to ensure your OS and Active Directory files are stored on separate storage spindles and your domain controllers are not running low on disk space.

Docker Deals with Canonical, Debuts Public Beta on AWS

Docker continues to push forward with new commercial partnerships.

Fedora 25 Adds Some Rust to Linux

New release of Red Hat's community Linux distribution debuts with desktop, server and developer tools.

Linux Dominates November TOP500 Supercomputer List

The top-ranked supercomputer remains the Sunway TaihuLight at 93 petaflops.

IBM Advances Artificial Intelligence with PowerAI

New AI toolkit benefits from the NVIDIA NVlink partnership on IBM Power Systems.

SUSE Updates Enterprise Linux as Business Grows

At SUSEcon event, CEO Nils Brauckmann reflects on the last six years and the road ahead.

Minimalist Windows Server 2016 Means Nano Server

Windows Nano Server represents the future of where Microsoft wants to go with their server OS platform, especially for heavily virtualized environments. Discover what the minimalist server operating system has to offer, both in terms of benefits and shortcomings.

Why You Need to Reboot Your Domain Controllers Monthly

The optimal performance and security of your Active Directory domain controllers requires regular maintenance. Our latest Server Tutorial will help ensure your domain controllers are serving authentication and authorization requests as efficiently as possible.

Microsoft Bringing Security via Virtualization to Web Browsing

Who would have thought ten years ago that virtualization technology would move out of the data center and onto the desktop right inside Windows?

Canonical Yaks about Ubuntu 16.10

The Yakkety Yak milestone of Ubuntu Linux is now generally available.

FreeBSD 11 Updates Open-Source Server Operating System

FreeBSD expands architecture support and improves features throughout the system.

Fedora 25 Linux Enters Beta Release

New server, security and desktop capabilities land in Red Hat's community Linux distribution.

Canonical Launches Commercial Support for Kubernetes

Canonical jumps into the Kubernetes market with an upstream-based release as well as a commercial-support option based on the Ubuntu Advantage program.

Microsoft Launches Windows Server 2016 at Ignite

Among the highlights, Microsoft officially launches the server software during its Ignite conference and scores a major new cloud partner.

Docker Doubles Down on Microsoft Windows Server

Docker for Windows debuts alongside a new commercial support relationship with Microsoft.

Red Hat Growing Million Dollar OpenStack Deals

Red Hat reports second quarter fiscal 2017 revenue of $600 million.

Red Hat Prepares for OpenStack Newton Improvements

The next major release of OpenStack is coming in early October.

Keeping Active Directory Running Smoothly with Key Health Checks

A healthy Active Directory environment keeps all other services running effectively. As a result, it pays to stay up to speed on important Active Directory health check items that help ensure Active Directory is optimally providing required services.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 Enters Beta

Preview of Red Hat's next flagship Linux release includes performance and security improvements.

LinuxCon: How Facebook Monitors Hundreds of Thousands of Servers with Netconsole

By looking at the lowest level of data traffic, Facebook is able to identify potential server problems before they become outages.

Red Hat Satellite 6.2 Adds Docker Deployment

New version of Red Hat server management tool gets into container provisioning.

Windows Server 2016 to Launch in Early Fall

Microsoft will use its upcoming Ignite conference as a launch pad for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.

Red Hat Summit: Improving Productivity Through Collaboration

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst gives a history lesson about how the Industrial Revolution changed productivity and how the new era of server automation, cloud and containers will change it again.

Red Hat Grows 1Q17 Revenue to $568M as OpenStack Expectations Rise

Red Hat CEO announces a new acquisition and talks about OpenStack revenue opportunities.

Red Hat Plans to Reset Its OpenStack Release Cycle

[VIDEO] Mark McLoughlin, Director of OpenStack Engineering at Red Hat, discusses how his firm is fine-tuning its OpenStack efforts.

Managing and Monitoring Office 365 Licenses Assigned to Office 365 Users

Our latest Server Tutorial reveals several useful Office 365 PowerShell commands for efficiently obtaining license information as well as monitoring and managing Office 365 licenses and services.

Microsoft Releases FreeBSD Virtual Machine Image for Azure

The new image, based on FreeBSD 10.3, is intended to help make Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform more welcoming to virtual appliances.

Red Hat Looking to Poach from VMware with RHEV 3.6 Release?

The latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) puts VMware's customer base directly in its crosshairs.

Harnessing the Power of the Get-MSolUser PowerShell Cmdlet

Microsoft Office 365 features PowerShell cmdlets that can dramatically reduce the time it takes to perform admin tasks via the Office 365 Admin Center. Discover how the Get-MsolUser PowerShell cmdlet can provide greater flexibility in managing Office 365 Windows Azure Active Directory instances.

SUSE Linux Brings Live Patching to SAP Applications

SUSE's kGraft technology now able to help provide high-availability to SAP's HANA database in-memory database.

Ubuntu, Juju, Kubernetes and the DevOps DISCO [VIDEO]

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, discusses the intersection of Juju and Kubernetes for modern server application management.

SELinux vs Systemd: What's Safer for Linux Servers?

At CoreOS Fest, Lennart Poettering, one of the co-inventors of systemd, explains how Systemd works and how it compares to SELinux.

Creating Users in Office 365 the PowerShell Way

PowerShell presents an efficient way to interact with Microsoft Office 365 resources. While you can create users with Office Admin Center, you can also use PowerShell cmdlets to quickly create users.

Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus Linux Gets Snappy

The latest Long Term Support release of Ubuntu provides enhanced package management options as well as the new LXD virtualization technology.

Brushing Up on Essential Active Directory PowerShell Commands

Today we'll reveal a few valuable Active Directory PowerShell commands you might want to use for your daily operational needs.

Installing and Activating Hyper-V Linux Integration Services

Learn how to install and activate Hyper-V Integration Services for Linux to help improve the performance of Hyper-V VMs running on Linux distributions.

Applied Micro Provides ARM Boost to openSUSE Build Service for Linux

64-bit tech from Applied Micro added to SUSE's online platform that enables Linux packages to be built for different architectures.

Red Hat Crosses $2B in Revenue as OpenStack Cloud Grows

It's not just Linux alone anymore as Red Hat grows middleware and cloud potential.

Remote Desktop Connections for Multiple Users on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012

Our latest Server Tutorial tackles remote desktop connections for multiple users on Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 and the forthcoming Windows Server 2016.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 Enters Beta

Although it's no longer the leading edge of Red Hat's product portfolio, RHEL 6 is still getting new features.

Going In-Depth with and Getting Ready for Windows Server 2016

Since the reveal of Tech Preview 4, the anticipation and excitement surrounding Windows Server 2016 is growing throughout the IT world. Discover what the new server operating system has to offer and how to prepare for its arrival.

Streamlining Admin Tasks with SCVMM PowerShell Commands

Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager includes its own set of handy PowerShell commands for facilitating interactions with VMs, Hyper-V hosts and more.

IBM Boosts Mainframe Security

Big Blue claims its new mainframe is the world's most secure server.

Comparing Virtualization and Hypervisor Tech Across Vendors

While the thought of sifting through stacks of details about all the server virtualization and hypervisor products currently on the market can be quite daunting, fortunately help isn't far away.

SuperMicro's SuperServer Is a Four-Node Hyper-Converged Platform

The company's latest server system continues a trend of packing plenty of punch in a small package.

IBM Makes LinuxONE Mainframe Go Faster

Top IBM execs explain what's new and what's coming for LinuxONE, with Go language support added in the current update.

Installing and Using Microsoft Azure PowerShell Version 1.0

While you can use previous versions of Azure PowerShell cmdlets to interact with Azure resources, there are several key benefits offered in the new Azure PowerShell 1.0.

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP1 Advances Docker Container Support

New service pack update debuts with Portus project for Docker container registry management.

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