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PowerShell for Linux makes it easier to mix clients, servers and clouds

Mary Branscombe | Aug. 19, 2016
Multiple platforms are now the norm for IT infrastructure. To address that Microsoft is bringing its key configuration tools to Linux and Mac OS to make it easier for customers and partners to handle their workloads, which also positions Operations Management Suite as the future of configuration management.

That’s Microsoft recognizing the reality of devops and open source in business (and applying its resources to help improve it; it’s working with the OpenSSH project to help improve the security of the protocol, for example). But one of the key beneficiaries could be Microsoft’s new cloud management service. “OMS provides high availability, graphical authoring, the full end-to-end solution on top of the platform,” explains Snover; “our mission with OMS is to be able to create, configure and manage all the workloads.”

Because OMS builds on PowerShell, this also helps position it to pick up where System Center leaves off. Microsoft already moved device management to the cloud with Intune; now server and cloud management is moving there too, and getting PowerShell everywhere is an important part of how Microsoft will make that work.


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