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The top Windows Server tips and news of May 2015

For our monthly feature, we look at the most popular stories on the previous month and share it with you.

In May, our readers were curious about the lack of containers in the second technical preview of Windows Server 2016, and how update deployment would change with the release of Windows 10. Readers also wanted to know how to use SCCM 2012 to see Linux systems.

Containers absent from Windows Server 2016 second preview

Microsoft released the second technical preview of Windows Server 2016 during last month’s Ignite conference, but attendees were disappointed by the lack of containers.  The company said Windows Server containers and Hyper-V containers would be included in the next preview, which is due for release this summer.

Windows Update for Business allows admins to choose update pace

New in Windows 10, Windows Update for Business will let admins choose when they want to deploy updates. Those who want to deploy updates right away can choose the “fast” ring, while admins who want to be more cautious can choose a “slow” ring.

IE, Office, SharePoint Server get Patch Tuesday fixes

Microsoft issued patches across 13 bulletins addressing 48 vulnerabilities for May’s Patch Tuesday, with one cumulative security update for Internet Explorer addressing 22 vulnerabilities. Office and SharePoint Server also received updates for user input and specially crafted page content.

Learn about data deduplication in Windows  Server 2012  R2

Data deduplication in Windows Server 2012 R2 helps admins reclaim available storage space by looking at a volume, finding repeating content and removing all but one copy of that content, all while replacing the deleted areas with “links” back to the single copy.

Using SCCM 2012 to see Linux systems

With SCCM 2012, admins can collect and organize inventory data for Linux and UNIX client systems using a Common Information Model (CIM) server. When the CIM server is installed with the SCCM Linux and UNIX clients, the two ends are able to communicate directly without a Web  Services Management interface.

What Windows Server content helped you last month? Was it something we didn’t include in our list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.