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Windows Server 2022 is full of new file services!

Heya folks, Ned here again. As you’ve heard by now, Windows Server 2022 is available and supported for production deployments. This new OS brings many new features around security, storage, networking, web, containers, applications, virtualization, edge, and Azure hybrid. Today ... continue reading
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Configure SMB Signing with Confidence

Heya folks, Ned here again. Many years ago, we made configuring SMB signing in Windows pretty complicated. Then, years later, we made it even more complicated in an attempt to be less complicated. Today I'm here to explain the SMB ... continue reading
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What the heck is the File Server “role” in Windows Server???

Heya folks, Ned here again. Today I clear up an old idiosyncrasy of Windows Server: if the SMB Server service is always installed, why is there a role called "File Server" and what does enabling it do? Let's... role ;) ... continue reading
SMB Compression in Windows Server 2022 and Windows Insider

SMB Compression in Windows Server 2022 and Windows Insider

Heya folks, Ned here again. Today I announced the new SMB compression feature for Windows Server 2022 and Windows Insider at the Windows Server 2022, Best on Azure webinar. A proper article will be on docs.microsoft.com in the next 24 ... continue reading

SMS “HRESULT E_FAIL from COM component” workaround coming

Heya, Ned here again. Storage Migration Service admins: if you're seeing "Error HRESULT E_FAIL has been returned from a call to a COM component" during transfer validation after installing the November cumulative update, we have a workaround coming to WAC, ... continue reading
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Storage Migration Service October 2020 Update

Heya folks, Ned here again. We've released our next set of features and fixes for the Windows Server 2019 Storage Migration Service, as part of cumulative update KB4580390 (Windows Server 2019) & KB4580386 (SAC 1903, 1909) This update comes optionally ... continue reading
How to Defend Users from Interception Attacks via SMB Client Defense

How to Defend Users from Interception Attacks via SMB Client Defense

Hey folks, Ned here again with another guest post. Today we discuss hardening the SMB protocol in Windows against interception attacks, previously referred to as “Man-in-the-Middle” attacks. As you know, interception attacks involve manipulating communications between client and server. An ... continue reading
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Beyond the Edge: How to Secure SMB Traffic in Windows

Hiya folks, Ned here again. Organizations are good at firewalling the network edge to stop inbound intruders. We need to move on to preventing outbound and lateral network communications. With the rise of mobile computing and ease of phishing users, ... continue reading
SMB Compression: Deflate your IO

SMB Compression: Deflate your IO

Hi folks, Ned Pyle guest-posting today about SMB Compression, a long-awaited option coming to Windows, Windows Server, and Azure. As you know, the growth of cheap storage and plentiful network bandwidth over the past decade had an immediate effect: files ... continue reading
Windows Admin Center and SMS: Don’t Just Shift, Facelift!

Windows Admin Center and SMS: Don’t Just Shift, Facelift!

Hi folks, Ned Pyle here highlighting the ability of Storage Migration Service and Windows Admin Center’s new ability to create and migrate straight to new Azure VMs on the fly, an option that both reduces a ton of steps and ... continue reading