Jonathan Hassell

Contributing Writer

Jonathan Hassell runs 82 Ventures, a technical writing and consulting firm based in Charlotte, N.C.

PowerShell: Learn to tap the pipeline

PowerShell: Learn to tap the pipeline

How to use the humble pipe character to string together PowerShell cmdlets to format, filter, sort and refine results.

Windows Embedded's future looks rocky

Windows Embedded's future looks rocky

Microsoft's apparent replacement versions for Windows Embedded -- which are based on Windows 10 -- have some limitations. Here's what you need to know.

3 enterprise-strength file sync services to check out

3 enterprise-strength file sync services to check out

Popular file-sync services are great for individuals, but can lack controls for access, encryption and other services that enterprises require.

All about PowerShell providers and modules

All about PowerShell providers and modules

PowerShell providers are drivers for PowerShell to navigate things besides the file system. For their part, modules are, at this point, far and away the most common type of PowerShell extensibility feature you will see.

Fighting ransomware: A fresh look at Windows Server approaches

Fighting ransomware: A fresh look at Windows Server approaches

Make sure your backup files really work -- test them! -- or else they will be no use to you in this situation.

SharePoint 2013 cheat sheet

SharePoint 2013 cheat sheet

More and more users are seeing SharePoint 2013 in their daily lives, as part of the Office 365 subscription service. Here's what they'll need to know.

Make your emails more trusted with DKIM

Make your emails more trusted with DKIM

There are authentication systems -- DomainKeys and its successor DKIM -- that try to mitigate some of the risk of trusting that emails are actually from who they say they are from.

Take a look inside Microsoft’s Quincy, Wash. data center

Take a look inside Microsoft’s Quincy, Wash. data center

Not all data centers are alike, and this one -- originally opened in 2006 -- has certainly morphed over the past 10 years.

Review: Microsoft Windows Server 2016 steps up security, cloud support

Review: Microsoft Windows Server 2016 steps up security, cloud support

Large shops will find many reasons for making the switch. Businesses of other sizes might have to do a pretty thorough cost-benefit analysis given the new pricing structure.

Lessons from high-profile IT failures

Lessons from high-profile IT failures

What we can learn about disaster recovery and high availability from recent airline outages.

Windows Server 2016 licensing and servicing options explained

Windows Server 2016 licensing and servicing options explained

There is a new bifurcated servicing model for Windows Server that depends in part on which installation option you choose.

Constructing a solid backup plan with Microsoft Azure Backup

Constructing a solid backup plan with Microsoft Azure Backup

Here's how to create both local and cloud-based backups with this 'surprisingly good' software, and why it’s a good idea, at least for Microsoft-heavy shops.

A look inside the Microsoft Local Administrator Password Solution

A look inside the Microsoft Local Administrator Password Solution

Finally, a way around the problem of administrator passwords that are identical across machines, just waiting to be scooped up in pass-the-hash-attacks.

More PowerShell: Hash tables

More PowerShell: Hash tables

This one might make you scratch your head a bit -- but learning about hash tables is definitely worth your time and effort.

Containers in Windows Server 2016: What you need to know

Containers in Windows Server 2016: What you need to know

The story's not finished yet, though, and there are a lot of bits and pieces to consider. Here's what you need to think about as you start.

Review: Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4

Review: Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4

Support for Hyper-V containers and advanced storage features are wonderful additions, but hold onto your wallets.

First look: Microsoft Azure Active Directory Domain Services puts it all in the cloud

First look: Microsoft Azure Active Directory Domain Services puts it all in the cloud

It's a cloud-based method for making sure your apps have full Active Directory services -- and then some. We take you though some of the ins and outs.

Performing five common administrative tasks using Windows PowerShell

Performing five common administrative tasks using Windows PowerShell

Want to add a bunch of users without going out of your mind? We show you how to do that, and more.

Understanding and using objects in PowerShell

Understanding and using objects in PowerShell

How to use PowerShell objects, how to tease more info and functionality out of them and how objects can be useful in scripting scenarios.

A look at the new Microsoft Skype for Business Server 2015

A look at the new Microsoft Skype for Business Server 2015

Most of the action happens behind the scenes, in the server-side plumbing.

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