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DSC Configuration Sharing

The community around DSC Resources has been inspiring. The PowerShell Gallery now includes more than 2000 modules/scripts. 181 of those are modules focused on DSC, that collectively include 766 DSC Resources. With this many building blocks available, it has become ... continue reading

SQL Server community-driven enhancements in SQL Server 2017

This post was authored by the SQL Server Tiger Team Although SQL Server 2016 runs faster, SQL Server 2017 promises to run even faster and empower customers to run smarter with intelligent database features like the ability to run advanced ... continue reading

Three reasons to watch my free webinar on what’s new in Hyper-V

This post was authored by Jeff Woolsey, Principal PM Manager, Windows Server. In case you missed my recent webinar, Software-define your infrastructure with Hyper-V using Windows Server 2016, dont worry, you can still watch it for free! Solutions, not features ... continue reading

Windows Server 2016 docs are now on

We’re excited to announce the availability of the IT pro technical documentation for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile on Why move to You’ll immediately notice our crisp new responsive design that looks fantastic ... continue reading

Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2016

Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of the Windows Server 2016 Performance Tuning Guide. This updated guide provides a comprehensive collection of technical articles with practical guidance for IT professionals and server administrators responsible for monitoring and tuning ... continue reading

Supply chain security demands closer attention

Often in dangerous situations we initially look outwards and upwards for the greatest threats. Sometimes we should instead be looking inwards and downwards. Supply chain security in information and communication technology (ICT) is exactly one of those situations where detailed ... continue reading

Backup and restore your Azure Analysis Services models

This month 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

KB: Configuration Manager clients reinstall every five hours because of a recurring retry task and may cause an inadvertent client upgrade

A Microsoft System Center 2012 or System Center 2012 R2 client installation (CCMSetup) initially fails and causes a client retry task to be registered in Windows Task Scheduler. After the client installation succeeds, the retry task is not deleted as ... continue reading

Introduction to Microsoft Hyper-V

Hyper-V is Microsoft's enterprise-class hypervisor included in Windows Server 2016 Essentials, Standard and Datacenter. Join us in this introductory video to learn how to install Hyper-V, create a virtual machine, assign resources, and how to manage it. [1:28] DEMO: Hyper-V ... continue reading

“You Shall Not Regress!!!” – How SQL Server 2017 prevents plan regressions?

SQL plan regression is a case when a T-SQL query that executed fine becomes much slower or uses more resources because the underlying SQL plan changed. SQL Server 2017 would not allow that kind of regressions if you enable new ... continue reading

Monetizing your content with Azure Media Player

Video Advertisements- Tell me more! As the playback of online video content increases in popularity, video publishers are looking to monetize their content via instream video content. The growth of online video has been accompanied by a steep rise in ... continue reading

Microsoft Azure at NAB Show 2017

Cloud computing is changing the world and is powering the digital transformation in the media industry. We are thrilled to see the significant momentum with which businesses large and small are selecting Azure for their digital transformation needs whether it ... continue reading

Networking to and within the Azure Cloud, part 3

This is the third blog post of a three-part series. Before you begin reading, I would suggest reading the first two posts Networking to and within the Azure Cloud, part 1 and Networking to and within the Azure Cloud, part ... continue reading

See what’s next for Azure at Microsoft Ignite

Get all your Azure questions answered by the experts who build it. This year’s schedule is still in progress, but here are some highlights from last year’s conference: Deliver more features faster with a modern development and test solution This ... continue reading

Windows 10 Memory Protection Features

Hello, Paul Bergson back again with a discussion on the newly built-in memory protection features provided in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. I refer to Win10 throughout the document, but this is just for brevity sake. For a complete ... continue reading

Leverage PowerShell Just Enough Administration for your Helpdesk

[Today’s guest post was authored by Dan Cuomo based on a real-world application of JEA] Hi Folks — Platforms PFE Dan Cuomo here to talk about one method to enable the use of Just Enough Administration for your helpdesk administrators ... continue reading

4 steps to managing shadow IT

Shadow IT is on the rise. More than 80 percent of employees report using apps that weren’t sanctioned by IT. Shadow IT includes any unapproved hardware or software, but SaaS is the primary cause in its rapid rise. Today, attempting ... continue reading

Rest easy with regulatory compliance in Windows Server 2016

[This blog post was originally published at:] Last month we learned that Windows Server 2016 has achieved Common Criteria certification for the General Purpose OS protection profile. This international standard is especially important for our customers in the public ... continue reading

How to find query plan choice regressions with SQL Server 2017 CTP2

SQL Server 2017 in CTP2.0 version automatically identifies potential performance regressions in SQL queries, enables you to easily find potential issues, and gives you information what should you do to fix the issue. In CTP2.0 version is added new system ... continue reading

How Azure Security Center detects a Bitcoin mining attack

Azure Security Center helps customers deal with myriads of threats using advanced analytics backed by global threat intelligence. In addition, a team of security researchers often work directly with customers to gain insight into security incidents affecting Microsoft Azure customers, ... continue reading

Shielded VMs – additional considerations when running a guarded fabric

So you’ve deployed a guarded fabric and your VMs are running happily.  Having now reached that perfect steady state, let’s have a look at the operational and administrative differences relative to a regular fabric.  The purpose of this blog isn’t ... continue reading

Graph Data Processing with SQL Server 2017

SQL Server is trusted by many customers for enterprise-grade, mission-critical workloads that store and process large volumes of data. Technologies like in-memory OLTP and columnstore have also helped our customers to improve application performance many times over. But when it ... continue reading

How Microsoft builds massively scalable services using Azure DocumentDB

This week at Microsoft Data Amp we covered how you can harness the incredible power of data using Microsoft’s latest innovations in its Data Platform. One of the key pieces in the Data Platform is Azure DocumentDB, Microsoft’s globally distributed ... continue reading

Cloudera now supports Azure Data Lake Store

With the release of Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub 5.11, you can now run Spark, Hive, and MapReduce workloads in a Cloudera cluster on Azure Data Lake Store (ADLS). Running on ADLS has the following benefits: Grow or shrink a cluster ... continue reading

Azure IoT supports new security hardware to strengthen IoT security

Microsoft’s commitment to leadership in IoT security continues with Azure IoT’s improving the level of trust and confidence in securing IoT deployments. Azure IoT now supports Device Identity Composition Engine (DICE) and many different kinds of Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) ... continue reading

Announcing new functionality to automatically provision devices to Azure IoT Hub

We’re announcing a great new service to Azure IoT Hub that allows customers to provision millions of devices in a secure and scalable manner. Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning enables zero-touch provisioning to the right IoT hub without requiring human ... continue reading

Making it easier to revert

Sometimes when things go wrong in my environment, I don’t want to have to clean it all up — I just want to go back in time to when everything was working. But remembering to maintain good recovery points isn’t ... continue reading

Introducing Interleaved Execution for Multi-Statement Table Valued Functions

For SQL Server vNext and Azure SQL Database, the Microsoft Query Processing team is introducing a new set of adaptive query processing improvements to help fix performance issues that are due to poor cardinality estimates. Improvements in the adaptive query ... continue reading

Introducing Batch Mode Adaptive Joins

For SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database, the Microsoft Query Processing team is introducing a new set of adaptive query processing improvements to help fix performance issues that are due to inaccurate cardinality estimates. Improvements in the adaptive query ... continue reading

DSC Resource Kit Release April 2017

We just released the DSC Resource Kit! This release includes updates to 5 DSC resource modules, including 3 new DSC resources. In these past 6 weeks, 57 pull requests have been merged and 46 issues have been closed, all thanks ... continue reading