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Making Sense of Replication Schedules in PowerShell

Making Sense of Replication Schedules in PowerShell

Hi all! Jan-Hendrik Peters, PFE, here to talk to you today about using PowerShell to view replication schedules. Automation with PowerShell is a part of our daily life. However, there are certain things that are for some reason not achievable ... continue reading
Tech support scams reported to Microsoft

Teaming up in the war on tech support scams

(Editors note: Erik Wahlstrom spoke about the far-reaching impact of tech support scams and the need for industry-wide cooperation in his RSA Conference 2018 talk Tech Scams: It's Time to Release the Hounds.) Introduction Social engineering attacks like tech support ... continue reading
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Automating Industrial IoT Security

Azure
Industrial IoT is the largest IoT opportunity. At Microsoft, we serve this vertical by offering an Industrial IoT Cloud Platform Reference Architecture, which we have conveniently bundled into an open-source Azure IoT Suite solution called Connected Factory and launched it ... continue reading
Windows Defender System Guard runtime attestation architecture

Introducing Windows Defender System Guard runtime attestation

At Microsoft, we want users to be in control of their devices, including knowing the security health of these devices. If important security features should fail, users should be aware. Windows Defender System Guard runtime attestation, a new Windows platform ... continue reading

Altair democratizes access to computer-aided engineering with Azure

Azure
My high school physics teacher taught us about metal fatigue by having everyone bend paper clips back and forth until they broke. In the real world, engineers use computer simulations to test their designs. From the trivial paperclip to the ... continue reading
Connect to the Intelligent Security Graph using a new API

Connect to the Intelligent Security Graph using a new API

Most organizations deal with high volumes of security data and have dozens of security solutions in their enterprise, making the task of integrating various products and services daunting and complex. The cost, time, and resources necessary to connect systems, enable ... continue reading

Calling Http endpoints in T-SQL using CURL extension

SQL Server Database Engine don’t have built-in functions that would enable you to send information to some API using http protocol. If you would need to call some REST endpoint or a web hook from the T-SQL code, you would ... continue reading

Tapping the intelligent cloud to make security better and easier

Security
There has been a distinct shift in my conversations with customers over the last year. Most have gone from asking can we still keep our assets secure as we adopt cloud services?, to declaring, we are adopting cloud services in ... continue reading
Failover Cluster File Share Witness and DFS

Failover Cluster File Share Witness and DFS

This blog discusses a new feature in the upcoming release of Windows Server 2019. Currently, Windows Insiders receive current builds of Server 2019. We urge you to become an Insider and play a part in making Windows Server 2019 the ... continue reading
#Microsoft Introduction to Windows Admin Center #Winserv #Windows10 #Azure #hyperv #AzureStack

#Microsoft Introduction to Windows Admin Center #Winserv #Windows10 #Azure #hyperv #AzureStack

Microsoft is introducing the New Windows Admin Center ( former Project Honolulu ) Last weekend I made my MVPLAB.LOCAL domain with Project Honolulu version 1803 and Windows Server Insider version. I Made my Domain controller first and later a Cluster ... continue reading

Connect to Virtual Machines (VMs) on PAW

Continuing the PAW series, this blog post discusses the options to connect to the VMs running on the PAW device. In Windows, you can connect to a locally running VM using: VMConnect (basic mode or enhanced mode) RDP using mstsc.exe ... continue reading

High Availability Options for Microsoft SQL Server in the Google Cloud

Clustering
I was recently interviewed by VMblog about high availability options for SQL Server. You can check out the interview here http://vmblog.com/ For the step by step guide I previously published, check it out here https://clusteringformeremortals.com/2018/01/10/how-to-build-a-sanless-sql-server-failover-cluster-instance-in-google-cloud-platform/ ... continue reading

Offline media import for Azure

Azure
So many customers I talk to want to upload their offline data stores into the cloud. Yet, no one wants to spend hours and hours inserting tapes, connecting older hard disks, or figuring out how to digitize and upload film ... continue reading
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New Disaster Recovery tutorials for Wingtip Tickets sample SaaS application

Azure
Continuing in our series of tutorials showcasing features of Azure SQL database that enable SaaS app management, we are introducing two new tutorials that explore disaster recovery strategies for recovering an app and its resources in the event of an ... continue reading
Recommendation Engine

Three critical analytics use cases with Microsoft Azure Databricks

Azure
Data science and machine learning can be applied to solve many common business scenarios, yet there are many barriers preventing organizations from adopting them. Collaboration between data scientists, data engineers, and business analysts and curating data, structured and unstructured, from ... continue reading

Security baselines should underpin efforts to manage cybersecurity risk across sectors

This post is authored byAngela McKay, Director of Cybersecurity Policy and Amanda Craig, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist, CELA. Organizations are leveraging technology to transform their operations, products, and services, and governments are increasingly focusing on how to enable such dynamic change ... continue reading

Celebrating data and you with #SQLDataWins

Hey you, data whiz! You’re an expert, a data aficionado, a steward of a finely tuned database – but not everyone gets it. Well, we do. #SQLDataWins celebrates professionals who make an impact with data every day. Play along with ... continue reading
Geo-DR config

How to configure Azure SQL Database Geo-DR with Azure Key Vault

Azure
Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse offer encryption-at-rest by providing Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) for all data written to disk, including databases, log files and backups. This protects data in case of unauthorized access to hardware. TDE provides a TDE ... continue reading

Fast and easy development with Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL

Azure
This blog post was co-authored by James Ashley, MR and AI Architect, Microsoft MVP. Developers sometimes get anxious when it comes to hooking up a database for their apps. However, with Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL, ... continue reading

Monitoring performance of natively compiled stored procedures – database-scoped configuration options

We just added new database-scoped configuration options that will help with monitoring performance of natively compiled stored procedures. The new options XTP_PROCEDURE_EXECUTION_STATISTICS and XTP_QUERY_EXECUTION_STATISTICS are available now in Azure SQL Database, and will be available in the next major release ... continue reading
Hunting down Dofoil with Windows Defender ATP

Hunting down Dofoil with Windows Defender ATP

Dofoil is a sophisticated threat that attempted to install coin miner malware on hundreds of thousands of computers in March, 2018. In previous blog posts we detailed how behavior monitoring and machine learning in Windows Defender AV protected customers from ... continue reading
Rescued by Procmon: The Case of the Certificate Authority Unable to Issue Certificates due to Revocation Failures

Rescued by Procmon: The Case of the Certificate Authority Unable to Issue Certificates due to Revocation Failures

Hello Everyone, my name is Zoheb Shaikh and I’m a Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft India. I am back again with another blog and today I’ll share with you something interesting that I came across recently which caused the Certificate ... continue reading

Take these steps to stay safe from counterfeit software and fraudulent subscriptions

This post is authored by Matt Lundy, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft. Software piracy and fraudulent subscriptions are serious, industry-wide problems affecting consumers and organizations around the world. In 2016, 39 percent of all software installed on computers was not properly ... continue reading
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Unique identities are hard: How I learned to stop worrying and love the ID scope

Azure
Behold the ID scope, one of the most nuanced concepts in the IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service. It is both reviled and lauded for its name-spacing characteristics in device provisioning. It throws a wrench in complex provisioning scenarios, but it’s ... continue reading

Essential tools and services for building mobile apps

Azure
This blog post was co-authored by Rajen Kishna, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Azure Marketing – App Development. Azure, Visual Studio, Xamarin, and Visual Studio App Center give you the flexible, yet robust tools and services to build, test, deploy, and ... continue reading
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Introducing the DscLcm utility for PowerShell

Summary: Desired State Configuration is a great deployment tool to meet your organization’s infrastructure-as-code goals. I recently came across a situation for a project that uses the Push Service (as opposed to the Pull Service). It required me to be ... continue reading
Storage Spaces Direct Stack

Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) for SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances (FCI)?

Clustering
With the introduction of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition a new feature called Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) was introduced. At a very high level, this solution allows you to pool together locally attached storage and present it to the cluster as a CSV ... continue reading
Service Fabric create cluster publish dialog

Create Service Fabric Clusters from Visual Studio now available

Azure
We heard feedback that the current processes for creating secure clusters were complex and time-consuming. Based on your input, we've added the ability to create secure clusters directly from Visual Studio. This update shipped with the latest release of the ... continue reading

Working towards a more diverse future in security

Security
Last year I embarked on an exercise to examine diversity in cybersecurity. As one full year has passed, I decided to revisit this topic and the ongoing challenges of recruiting AND retaining diverse talent in the cybersecurity field. This past ... continue reading

Using artificial intelligence to analyze roads

Azure
Imagine you’re driving down the road. As long as the road is straight, you can see everything in front of you. But what happens when the road curves? Your brain makes assumptions based on past experiences to fill in what ... continue reading
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