Windows 10 For IT Pros: Tutorials, Tips & Tricks
Although many are still using Windows 8.1 (and even older versions of Windows), the market share for Windows 10 is growing fast as individuals and organizations upgrade to the latest operating system from Microsoft. Below you'll find some helpful resources for getting started with Windows 10 administration. And for those still using Windows 8.1, we have some resources below as well.
Windows 10 continues to evolve with new updates, fixes and changes rolling in on a regular basis since the operating system's initial release in 2015. In fact, on March 26, Microsoft is set to end support for the original Windows 10 edition (version 1507), including security patches. And Microsoft has plenty more improvements in store for Windows 10 systems planned. The Anniversary Update brought with it major improvements in biometric security, touch support, networking, voice control, the Edge browser and most interestingly, Linux support on Windows 10 (yes, hell has frozen over and pigs now fly).
The free Creators Update will include 3D versions of PowerPoint and Paint. It brings features such as the Unified Updated Platform to reduce the size of update downloads across tablets, smartphones, tablets, PCs, IoT devices and Hololens. It also brings a Twitch-like streaming feature for Xbox Live, among other things. Windows Insiders will be able to download it soon.
We'll continue adding new how-to guides and tutorials targeted mostly at IT admins covering major changes and new features. In the meantime, check out what we have put together so far and let us know if you have any specific Windows 10-related questions.
Our list of Windows 10 tutorials covers typical administrative tasks and management features—like using RSAT and adding Windows 10 to a domain—but also includes guides on how to customize the Windows 10 experience—like disabling Cortana and changing the interface to look more like Windows 7.
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- How To Add Windows 10 To A Domain
- How To Install Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) In Windows 10
- Using Windows 10 Administrative Shares
- How To Add Windows 10 To An Azure AD Domain
- How To Backup Windows 10 PCs To Azure Backup
- How To Index Files In Windows 10 To Speed Up Searches
- How To Use File Search In Windows 10
- How To Make Windows 10 Look Like Other Windows Versions
- How To Disable Cortana In Windows 10
- How To Change Windows 10 Update Settings
- Windows 10 Local Security Policy Editor
- How To Use Windows Defender In Windows 10
- How To Set Up And Use File History In Windows 10
- Using Windows 10 Sleep And Hibernation Settings
- How To Create And Edit The Windows 10 Registry File
- How to Remotely Manage a Nano Server
- How to Automate a Windows Install
- How to Increase Your Personal Privacy in Windows 10
- How to Use Windows to Go in Windows 10
- How to Build Composite DSC Resources
- How to Stop Windows 10 from Rebooting After Updates
- Getting Started with Ansible on Windows
- How to Integrate Ansible and DSC
- How to Transfer File Share Permissions
Windows 10 has PowerShell v5.0 installed by default, offering a powerful command-line interface for system administration that includes an interactive prompt and scripting environment. If you're new to PowerShell, these introductory tutorials will help you get started with some of its helpful features.
- How To Use PowerShell Package Manager In Windows 10
- How to Manage User Profiles with PowerShell
- How To Remove Pre-Installed Windows 10 Applications With PowerShell
- How To Manage The Windows 10 Clipboard With PowerShell
- How to Fill in PDF Forms Using PowerShell
- How to Customize the Desired State Configuration (DSC) Local Configuration Manager (LCM)
- How to Use the Microsoft PowerShell Cmdelets Utility Module
- How to Use the IIS Administration PowerShell Cmdlets Server 2016
- How to Create Active Directory SPNs the Easy Way with PowerShell
- How to Find Roaming Active Directory Clients with PowerShell
- How to Find Backup Status for Individual Domain Controllers with PowerShell
- How to Build Events on New Files with WMI Events and PowerShell
- How to Build an Active Directory Site Inventory Report with PowerShell
- How to Use the New FileShare PowerShell Cmdlets in Server 2016
- Essential PowerShell Cmdlets for Managing Hyper-V
- Essential PowerShell Cmdlets for Managing Active Directory
- Use PowerShell to Make WSUS Suck Less
- How to Deploy Software on the Cheap with PowerShell
- How to Use PowerShell to Work with JSON Data
- How to Deal with Depenencies in Your Pester Infrastructure Tests
- How (and Why) to Contribute to PowerShell Gallery
- Exploring the Abstract Syntax Tree in PowerShell
- How to Use PSScriptAnalyzer to Analyze Your PowerShell Scripts
- Understanding Functions in PowerShell
- Building Better PowerShell Parameter Validation
- Using PowerShell with Trello
Windows Server 2016
The upcoming Windows Server 2016 release mirrors contemporary information technology trends of containerization and hybrid connectivity with cloud services. The list of new features is simply staggering, so there's tons to get up to speed on.
- How to Test Windows Server 2016 in Azure
- How to Deploy a Windows Server 2016 as an Azure VM
- How to Join Windows Server 2016 to an Active Directory Domain
- How to Automate Software Package Installations in Server 2016 via PowerShell
- How to Deploy a Docker Container in Windows Server 2016
- How to Validate Windows Server 2016 with Pester
- How to Install Nano Server in Windows Server 2016
- How to Issue WMI Queries from Linux
- How to Deal with Dependencies in Your Pester Infrastructure Tests
- How to Remote Start Windows Server 2016
- How to Back Up a Windows Server 2016 Domain Controller
- How to Build a Pester Test Framework
- Getting Started with Windows Containers
- How to Enable Remote Desktop in Windows Server 2016
The Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD) can help you determine whether or not your organization's environments is ready for a Windows 10 deployment and can also be helpful in streamlining the provisioning process of a Windows 10 image package.____________________________________________________________________________
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