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Creating enterprise grade BI models with Azure Analysis Services

In April we announced the general availability of Azure Analysis Services, which evolved from the proven analytics engine in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. The success of any modern data-driven organization requires that information is available at the fingertips of ... continue reading

Try Cloud Essentials: A free hands-on resource from Microsoft

Find out how Microsoft Cloud Essentials can help you get the necessary experience, training, and support to make your journey to the cloud successful. Everything you need is in one place, and its free to join. Your cloud transition is ... continue reading

Tips for protecting your information and privacy against cybersecurity threats

This post is authored by Steven Meyers, security operations principal, Microsoft Cyber Defense Operations Center. Introducing a new video on best practices from the Microsoft Cyber Defense Operations Center In 2016, 4.2+ billion records were stolen by hackers. The number ... continue reading

Mesosphere DCOS, Azure, Docker, VMware and everything between – Security & Docker Engine Installation

In part 2 of this series, we will start to dive into DC/OS 1.9 installation on top of vSphere. Mesosphere offers few ways to deploy a fully working cluster and since I wanted to see how everything is really connected, ... continue reading

How we built it: Next Games global online gaming platform on Azure

Today on Microsoft Mechanics, we are joined by the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Finnish mobile gaming company Next Games, Kalle Hiitola, for the next episode of "How we built it." Next Games has built a successful global connected ... continue reading

Microsoft Cognitive Services hack: Line Messenger

After the devastating earthquake in Japan in 2011, it became apparent that there was a need for a communication platform that would help better connect people in such situations. Out of this need, the Line Messenger platform was launched and ... continue reading

“Secure transfer required” is available in Azure Storage account

The "Secure transfer required" feature is now supported in Azure Storage account. This feature enhances the security of your storage account by enforcing all requests to your account through a secure connection. This feature is disabled by default. For more ... continue reading

Join Jeff Woolsey on Thursday for a webcast with cloud migration demos

Check out Jeff Woosley’s blog post to learn more about the free webinar Migrating to a hybrid cloud environment: An insider’s walkthrough of 3 key methods. Read Jeff’s post on the Hybrid Cloud blog! ... continue reading

Extending OMS with SCCM Information

Brad Watts here to talk with you today about extending OMS with SCCM information. Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is a very powerful cloud based tool. There are bunch of out of the box solutions like Alert Management, Active Directory ... continue reading

FREE WEBINAR: Three ways to migrate to a hybrid-cloud environment (with demos!)

This blog post was authored by Jeff Woolsey, Principal PM, Windows Server. The path to hybrid cloud is paved with good intentions. But its easy to get off-track if you dont begin by making some important decisions about existing applications ... continue reading

Embracing Open Source Workloads with Windows Server 2016

You may be surprised to learn that Microsoft has embraced open source in Windows Server 2016 and across applications and development tools. Watch this video learn how you can work with Linux and other Open Source platforms and applications with ... continue reading

Building an Azure Analysis Services Model for Azure Blobs — Part 3

The third and final part of the article series “Building an Azure Analysis Services Model on Top of Azure Blob Storage” has been published on the Analysis Services team blog. It shows that an Azure Analysis Services S9 server can ... continue reading

Azure Media Services announces support for AAD and deprecation of ACS authentication

This month we are announcing the release of support for Azure Active Directory (AAD) authentication in Azure Media Services. Customers of our REST API and .NET client libraries can now use AAD authentication to authorize requests. In addition, we are ... continue reading

Five keys to a more consistent, cost-effective enterprise cloud

IT professionals frequently tell us that their biggest challenge is getting more bang for the buck. Between maximizing development and operational capabilities with existing resources, maintaining or reducing costs, and preserving data security, making decisions about IT can feel like ... continue reading

Tips for securing your identity against cybersecurity threats

This post is authored by Simon Pope, Principal Security Group Manager, Microsoft Security Response Center. Introducing new video on best practices from the Microsoft Cyber Defense Operations Center Ask any CISO or cybersecurity professional about their greatest security challenge, and ... continue reading

ASOS: How they migrated from local monolith to microservices in Azure

Today we are kicking of a new series on Microsoft Mechanics called "How we built it" to share the real-world architectural back stories and best practices as told by the technology architects in our customer organizations. We kick off the ... continue reading

Deep learning for predictive maintenance with Long Short Term Memory Networks

Deep learning has proven to show superior performance in certain areas such as object recognition and image classification. It has also gained popularity in other domains such as finance where time-series data plays an important role. Similarly, in predictive maintenance, ... continue reading

Predictive maintenance using PySpark

Predictive maintenance is one of the most common machine learning use cases and with the latest advancements in information technology, the volume of stored data is growing faster in this domain than ever before which makes it necessary to leverage ... continue reading

Azure Database for PostgreSQL team hosts Ask Me Anything session

The Azure Database for PostgreSQL team will host a special Ask Me Anything session on /r/Azure, Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Pacific Time. What's an AMA session? We'll have folks from our Azure Database for ... continue reading

Using Computer Name Aliases in place of DNS CNAME Records

Hi everyone. Graeme Bray here with an article around using Computer Name Aliases instead of DNS CName records. In the past, we used to set the registry key DisableStrictNameChecking to be able to add a DNS alias to connect via ... continue reading

Managing updates for your Azure VM

In this blog post, I will talk about how to use Update Management solution to manage updates for your Azure VMs. Right from within your Azure VM you can quickly assess the status of available updates, initiate the process of ... continue reading

Mesosphere DCOS, Azure, Docker, VMware and everything between – Architecture and CI/CD Flow

These days, I try to be involved in any Containers, DevOps, Automation, etc. related discussion. Part of my role is to consult my customers around how to architect their containers platform and orchestration tools in Azure. But what happens when ... continue reading

Service Map Machine Groups

With the general availability of Service Map, you were able to automatically discover and build a common reference map of dependencies across servers, processes, and services from partners in real-time. It helped you expedite pinpointing issues by visualizing dependencies of ... continue reading

Gartner names Microsoft Azure as a leader in the Cloud IaaS MQ

As customers bet more and more on Cloud to drive digital transformation within their organizations, we’re seeing tremendous usage of Azure. Recently, Forbes reported a study done by Cowen and Company Equity Research, and stated that Microsoft Azure is the ... continue reading

Delivering continuous innovation with Windows Server

This blog post was authored by Erin Chapple, General Manager, Windows Server. Over the years, our conversations with customers about their application and datacenter needs have really evolved, but the one constant is the accelerating pace of change. Digital transformation ... continue reading

Migration Datacenter to Azure – Part 2

This post provides an overview of key technical considerations, actionable recommendations and common pitfalls related to migration of workloads from an on-premises datacenter to Microsoft Azure. The business related considerations were addressed within the Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part 1 ... continue reading

Deploy Windows from USB drive to Surface Studio

Hi, my name is Scott McArthur and I am Supportability Program Manager in Surface. Today I am going discuss two scenarios involving deploying Windows 10 to Surface Studio. Today if you don’t follow the steps outlined below you will see ... continue reading

Cybercrime and freedom of speech – A counterproductive entanglement

This post is authored by Gene Burrus, Assistant General Counsel. As cybercrime becomes ever more pervasive, the need for states to devote law enforcement resources to battling the problem is apparent. However, states should beware using cybercrime legislation and enforcement ... continue reading

Why Are We Deprecating Network Performance Features (KB4014193)?

Hello, Michael C. Bazarewsky here again, with another short clarification post. In February, we published Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Creators Update (KB 4014193). Someone I follow on Twitter noticed this part: The X’s here indicate ... continue reading

Azure SQL databases in logical servers, elastic pools, and managed instances

Azure SQL Database is a Database as a Platform service designed for applications that will use database as self-contained service. Databases can be grouped together to simplify management options or share the resources. There are different options that can be ... continue reading