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Can I put my File Share Witness on a DFS share?

Can I put my File Share Witness on a DFS share?

I get asked this question all the time. People are concerned about losing their file share witness, so like many of their other shares, they want to leverage DFS for some additional availability. This is a very bad idea and ... continue reading

OSD Video Tutorial: Part 3 – Task Sequencing

This is session three of a series that details the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager. This session focuses on the task sequence. A detailed discussion of a basic image deployment task sequence is provided along with a review ... continue reading

Get answers to “Now what?” for Windows Server 2008 end of support

Our 2008 server products were great for their time, but newer versions of Windows Server offer tremendous improvements in performance and efficiency compared to the Windows Server of 10 years ago. Windows Server 2016 also includes built-in security that starts ... continue reading
Cloud AI Partner Community

Enabling partner success at Microsoft Inspire 2018

Next week in Last Vegas, we will be meeting with thousands of partners from all over the world at Microsoft Inspire. The event is a forum to reinforce our commitment to making partner business opportunities the centerpiece of our investments ... continue reading
Cloud AI Partner Community

Enabling partner success at Microsoft Inspire 2018

Next week in Last Vegas, we will be meeting with thousands of partners from all over the world at Microsoft Inspire. The event is a forum to reinforce our commitment to making partner business opportunities the centerpiece of our investments ... continue reading
New Storage Migration Service preview released

New Storage Migration Service preview released

Heya, Ned here again. We released a new Windows Server 2019 Insiders Preview of the Storage Migration Service. As always, downloads and details are here: https://aka.ms/stormigser Go migrate yer stuff! – Ned “rooooooo” Pyle ... continue reading
Validate your Azure network environment for SQL Managed Instance

Validate your Azure network environment for SQL Managed Instance

Azure SQL Managed Instance is a fully managed PaaS SQL Server Database Engine hosted in Azure cloud that is placed in Azure Virtual network, and you need to ensure that your network is properly configured. In this post your will ... continue reading

SQL Server 2008 end of support is the first step to tomorrow’s database

Today, Takeshi Numoto blogged about the upcoming SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support. If youve been thinking about what to do with your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 databases, youre not alone. These databases reach end ... continue reading

New Azure innovation advances customer success for the cloud- and AI-powered future

Organizations around the world are gearing up for a future powered by the intelligent cloud and AI. As these technologies become increasingly central to business strategy and transformation, Microsoft is committed to delivering cutting-edge innovations, programs and expertise that help ... continue reading

New Azure innovation advances customer success for the cloud- and AI-powered future

Organizations around the world are gearing up for a future powered by the intelligent cloud and AI. As these technologies become increasingly central to business strategy and transformation, Microsoft is committed to delivering cutting-edge innovations, programs and expertise that help ... continue reading
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Lightning fast query performance with Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a fast, flexible and secure analytics platform for enterprises of all sizes. Today we announced significant query performance improvements for Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) customers enabled through enhancements in the distributed query execution ... continue reading
AzS%20ship

How Microsoft Azure Stack means transformation and opportunities for partners

We are a few days away from kicking-off Microsoft Inspire 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is an event I look forward to every year. This year however is a special year to celebrate the momentum we have with our ... continue reading

OSD Video Tutorial: Part 2 – Obtain and Import the Image

This is session two of a series that details the Operating System Deployment feature of Configuration Manager. This session focuses on the process of image capture and reviews the tools available in the ADK, MDT and ConfigMgr 2012 to accomplish ... continue reading
Hawkeye Keylogger – Reborn v8: An in-depth campaign analysis

Hawkeye Keylogger – Reborn v8: An in-depth campaign analysis

Much of cybercrime today is fueled by underground markets where malware and cybercriminal services are available for purchase. These markets in the deep web commoditize malware operations. Even novice cybercriminals can buy malware toolkits and other services they might need ... continue reading
P = NP: Cloud data protection in vulnerable non-production environments

P = NP: Cloud data protection in vulnerable non-production environments

Data is the holy grail of your cloud workloads for attackers. Data breaches are the kind of breaches that make the news. With the recent European Union General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), they will make even bigger headlines. From an ... continue reading
Bitlocker Auto-unlock

Bitlocker Auto-unlock

Hello Its Rafal Sosnowski from Dubai Microsoft Security PFE Team. I haven't posted much over the past year so let’s roll. Today I want to explain Bitlocker protector called Auto-unlock. Auto-unlock feature allows a user to access the data and ... continue reading

Kafka 1.0 on HDInsight lights up real time analytics scenarios

Data engineers love Kafka on HDInsight as a high-throughput, low-latency ingestion platform in their real time data pipeline. They already leverage Kafka features such as message compression, configurable retention policy, and log compaction. With the release of Apache Kafka 1.0 ... continue reading

Introduction to Cluster Sets in Windows Server 2019

This blog discusses a new feature in the upcoming release of Windows Server 2019. Currently, Windows Insiders receive current builds of Windows Server 2019. We urge you to become an Insider and play a part in making Windows Server 2019 ... continue reading

It’s sunset time for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

The 2008 family of server products have had a tremendous run. But all good things come to an end, right? On January 14, 2020, support ends for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, which means no more security updates, potentially ... continue reading
IoT Analytics

Streaming analytics use cases with Spark on Azure

Sensors, IoT devices, social networks, and online transactions are all generating data that needs to be monitored constantly and acted on quickly. As a result, the need for large-scale, real-time stream processing is more evident now than ever before. With ... continue reading

OSD Video Tutorial: Part I – Introduction and Basics

This is the first session of a series that will detail the Operating System Deployment feature of ConfigMgr 2012. The session provides base knowledge that answers the questions - what is OSD? Why OSD? The session also provides a quick ... continue reading

OSD with Configuration Manager Video Tutorial Series Overview

Over the next few weeks we will be publishing another video tutorial series on our YouTube channel focused on Operating System Deployment (OSD) with Configuration Manager. These videos have been prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused ... continue reading

Configuring a PowerShell DSC Web Pull Server to use SQL Database

Introduction Hi! Thank you for visiting this blog to find out more about how you can configure a PowerShell DSC Web Pull Server to use an SQL database instead of the “Devices.edb” solution we currently use. Since you made it ... continue reading

Power BI Embedded dashboards with Azure Stream Analytics

Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed “serverless” PaaS service in Azure built for running real-time analytics on fast moving streams of data. Today, a significant portion of Stream Analytics customers use Power BI for real-time dynamic dashboarding. Support for ... continue reading
Screenshot of Azure Cosmos DB Explorer showing PXDraw project

Azure.Source – Volume 39

Now in preview Azure Event Hubs and Service Bus VNET Service Endpoints in public preview - Azure Event Hubs and Service Bus joins the growing list of Azure services enabled for Virtual Network Service Endpoints. Virtual Network (VNet) service endpoints ... continue reading
Creating VM Cluster on Azure #Cloud with Terraform #IaC #Azure #Terraform #Linux #Winserv

Creating VM Cluster on Azure #Cloud with Terraform #IaC #Azure #Terraform #Linux #Winserv

Type az and you should see this Azure CLI Type Terraform and you should see the terraform commands Install and configure Terraform to provision VMs and other infrastructure into Azure Before you begin with Terraform and deploying your solution to ... continue reading

SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are reaching end of support. What’s next?

SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 have had a tremendous run. But all good things come to an end, right? On July 9, 2019, Microsoft will end Extended Support, which means no more updates or support of any kind, potentially ... continue reading

Using custom types as arrays in T-SQL

One of the missing language features in T-SQL language is array support. In some cases you can use custom types to work with arrays that are passed as parameters to your stored procedures. Custom types in T-SQL enable you to ... continue reading
June 2018 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

June 2018 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

Congratulations to our June top 10 contributors! Alberto Morillo and Visakh Murukesan maintain their top positions. This Leaderboard initiative was started in October 2016 to recognize the top Database Systems contributors on MSDN forums. The following continues to be the ... continue reading

Server Core and Server with Desktop: Which one is best for you

On March 20, 2018 we announced the availability of Windows Server 2019 preview, the next Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release in the Windows Insider program. Seven weeks later, we released Windows Server, version 1803, the latest release in the Semi-Annual ... continue reading
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