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Azure DNS Private Zones now available in public preview

We are pleased to announce the public preview of DNS Private Zones in all Azure Public cloud regions. This capability provides secure and reliable name resolution for your virtual networks in Azure. Private Zones was announced as a managed preview ... continue reading

Why Windows Defender Antivirus is the most deployed in the enterprise

Statistics about the success and sophistication of malware can be daunting. The following figure is no different: Approximately 96% of all malware is polymorphic meaning that it is only experienced by a single user and device before it is replaced ... continue reading

Build a Company in #Azure Video

Content – The Azure Portal 00:05:00 – Networking in Azure 00:10:12 – Azure Virtual Machines 00:22:16 – Containers and Kubernetes Orchestration 00:50:57 – Directory Services and Azure AD 01:03:39 – DevTest Labs 01:18:23 – Backup and Disaster Recovery 01:29:48 – ... continue reading

Join Microsoft at the GPU Technology Conference

High-performance computing, artificial intelligence, and visualization GPUs have a wide variety of uses. That’s why Microsoft has partnered with NVIDIA to bring a wide variety of NVIDIA GPUs to Azure. Join us in San Jose next week at NVIDIA’s GPU ... continue reading

Azure Event Hubs integration with Apache Spark now generally available

The Event Hubs team is happy to announce the general availability of our integration with Apache Spark. Now, Event Hubs users can use Spark to easily build end-to-end streaming applications. The Event Hubs connector for Spark supports Spark Core, Spark ... continue reading

Unlock your data’s potential with Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Azure Databricks

Getting the most out of your data is critical for any business in a competitive environment. Businesses need the ability to get the right data into the right hands at the right time. Azure Databricks and Azure SQL Data Warehouse ... continue reading

DSC Resource Kit Release March 2018

We just released the DSC Resource Kit! This release includes updates to 7 DSC resource modules. In these past 7 weeks, 43 pull requests have been merged and 37 issues have been closed, all thanks to our amazing community! The ... continue reading

Recent updates to Project “Honolulu” and PowerShell Core 6.0

Server management tools have evolved rapidly in the past few months making it easier to remotely monitor and configure your servers both for Windows and Linux-based systems. In January, we announced the general availability of PowerShell Core 6.0, now cross-platform ... continue reading

SSMS 17.6 is now available: Managed Instance and many bug fixes

This post is authored by Alan Yu, Program Manager, SQL Server. Download SSMS 17.6 and review the Release Notes to get started. SSMS 17.6 provides support for almost all feature areas on SQL Server 2008 through the latest SQL Server ... continue reading

Accelerate your security deployment with FastTrack for Microsoft 365

This blog is part of a series that responds to common questions we receive from customers about Microsoft 365 Security and Enterprise Mobility + Security. In this series youll find context, answers, and guidance for deployment and driving adoption within ... continue reading

Deploying WordPress Application using Visual Studio Team Services and Azure – Part two

This post is the second part of two blog posts describing how to setup a CI/CD pipeline using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) for deploying a Dockerized custom WordPress website working with Azure WebApp for Containers and Azure Database for ... continue reading

SONiC, the network innovation powerhouse behind Azure

This week is OCP Summit 2018, and I cannot think of a better time to do a status update on our Open Source fabric powering our cloud. Since joining OCP back in 2014, I have always been a huge supporter ... continue reading

How to get more leads and close deals faster with Microsoft’s Marketplaces

Cloud software sales are rapidly increasing in both scope and magnitude. As more customers and businesses turn to cloud solutions for their business issues, the market for software solutions has exploded. The way customers are exploring these solutions is changing, ... continue reading

Microsoft creates industry standards for datacenter hardware storage and security

Today I’m speaking at the Open Compute Project (OCP) U.S. Summit 2018 in San Jose where we are announcing a next generation specification for solid state device (SSD) storage, Project Denali. We’re also discussing Project Cerberus, which provides a critical ... continue reading

Project Denali to define flexible SSDs for cloud-scale applications

Last September, at SNIA’s Storage Developer’s Conference, I presented a prototype of the Project Denali SSD. Project Denali drives provide the flexibility needed to optimize for the workloads of a wide variety of cloud applications, the simplicity to keep pace ... continue reading

Compliance offerings for Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL

Customers experience an increasing demand for highly secure and compliant solutions as they face data breaches along with requests from governments to access online customer information. New regulatory requirements such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which governs the ... continue reading

Securing Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL

Selecting a secure cloud services provider is one of the most fundamentally important decisions customers make. Customers must build their applications and services upon a secure trusted foundation. Azure Database for PostgreSQL and Azure Database for MySQL inherit the fundamentally ... continue reading

Windows Server 2016 Software Defined Networking: Updating the Network Controller Server certificate

Network Controller uses a single certificate for northbound communication with REST clients (like System Center Virtual Machine Manager) and southbound communication with Hyper-V hosts and Software Load Balancers. A customer may wish to change this certificate after initial deployment, maybe ... continue reading

10 Tips and Tricks from the Field

Hello All. The AskPFEPlat team is here today with you in force. Recently we put together 10 Tips and Tricks from the Field – a collection of tips and tricks in our tool belt that we use on occasion. We ... continue reading

Modernize index maintenance with Resumable Online Index Rebuild

As we know, the index is one of the most powerful tools for optimizing database performance. As you insert, update, and delete rows, indexes become more fragmented and less effective. Because of this, DBAs regularly do index rebuild operations. With ... continue reading

Azure Security Center and discovery of partner solutions

Azure Security Center offers integration with various 3rd party security solutions which provide a unified view for alerting and monitoring of your Azure and non-Azure workloads. For integrated partner solutions, Security Center scans Azure resources and provides recommendations to install ... continue reading

Text Recognition for Video in Microsoft Video Indexer

In Video Indexer, we have the capability for recognizing display text in videos. This blog explains some of the techniques we used to extract the best quality data. To start, take a look at the sequence of frames below. Source: ... continue reading

Serverless computing recipes for your cloud applications

You have heard the hype around serverless computing, read countless online articles about its benefits, and heard industry pundits find new adjectives to describe its pathbreaking nature on a frequent basis. Are you now ready to dig into what you ... continue reading

PowerTip: Build simple HTML with PowerShell

Summary: Here’s how to use the ConvertTo-HTML cmdlet to build basic HTML content. Hey, Scripting Guy! Occasionally I need to build basic HTML documents. I heard there was a way to do that with Windows PowerShell. There most certainly is! ... continue reading

Complying with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on Microsoft Data Platform technologies

This post is authored by Frederico Pravatta Rezende, Senior Product Marketing Manager, CADD & AI. Is your organization prepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? If your company does business in Europe, you’ll need to be aware of this ... continue reading

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 23 is now available

As security incidents and events keep making headlines, Microsoft is committed to helping our customers and the rest of the security community to make sense of the risks and offer recommendations. Old and new malware continues to get propagated through ... continue reading

Windows PowerShell and the Text-to-Speech REST API (Part 2)

Summary: You can use Windows PowerShell to authenticate to the Text-to-Speech REST API. Q: Hey, Scripting Guy! I was reading up on the REST API for the Text-to-Speech component of Cognitive Services. I'm just starting to learn how to use ... continue reading

Sharing research and discoveries at PWN2OWN

The annual PWN2OWN exploit contest at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, brings together some of the top security talent from across the globe in a friendly competition. For the participants, these events are a platform to demonstrate ... continue reading

How to configure network for Azure SQL Managed Instance

Azure SQL Managed Instance is fully managed SQL Server instance hosted in Azure cloud and placed in your Azure Virtual Network. In this post, I will explain how you can prepare network environment for Managed Instance. Azure SQL Database Managed ... continue reading

Demo – Azure SQL Database Managed Instance in action

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is new data service in Azure cloud that exposes fully-managed SQL Server Instance that is hosted in Azure cloud and placed in customer VNET. Here you can see some of the key new features that ... continue reading