All posts on October, 2017


IDG Contributor Network: What Configuration Manager’s 25th birthday party tells us about the future of IT

Configuration Manager is the unsung hero of corporate IT no more.

Indeed, as if to make up for lost time, Microsoft has been marking the 25th anniversary of one of its least-celebrated, yet most-ubiquitous, products with significant fanfare – including, believe it or not, a 30-minute documentary film charting the full story of CM. (And it’s actually really good –  you can watch it here.) Microsoft has also been inviting users to share their CM recollections, too, good and bad.

It’s hard to resist the invitation to reminisce, especially when my own history with Systems Management Server (SMS, as it was once known) stretches all the way back to the beta of version 1.0, which I was helping to implement at a chain of UK banks in the 90’s.

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Mac users: Are you ready for the super-fast iMac Pro?

If you’re looking for a high-end Mac, you may want to shoot across to Apple.com and tap the Notify Me button to be among the first to learn when the iMac Pro hits the stores — probably in December.

Huge performance gains with iMac Pro

Apple announced the iMac Pro in June. The company called this “the most powerful Mac ever.”

The introduction was seen as a gesture of solidarity with its long-term desktop users who had started migrating to other platforms in response to the glacial pace of desktop Mac upgrades. Apple has also promised a vastly improved Mac Pro machine next year.

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