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Let’s Build a Switch Embedded Team in SCVMM!

Let’s Build a Switch Embedded Team in SCVMM!

Hello, my name is Michael Godfrey and I am a Platform’s Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft. I have been a Fabric Administrator for the past few years and have made it a habit of building quite a few Hyper-V ... continue reading
Public Preview of MATCH support in MERGE DML for Graph tables in Azure SQL Database

Public Preview of MATCH support in MERGE DML for Graph tables in Azure SQL Database

SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database introduced native graph database capabilities used to model many-to-many relationships. The first implementation of SQL Graph introduced support for edges to represent relationships, nodes to represent entities and a new MATCH predicate to ... continue reading
PowerTip: Turn off the power to your computer with PowerShell

PowerTip: Turn off the power to your computer with PowerShell

Summary: A simple way to power off your computer by using the Windows PowerShell cmdlets. Hey, Scripting Guy! I’ve got a script that needs to power off a system after it’s done. How can I accomplish this with PowerShell? Look ... continue reading
Public Preview of Row Mode Memory Grant Feedback in Azure SQL Database

Public Preview of Row Mode Memory Grant Feedback in Azure SQL Database

Last year SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database introduced query processing improvements that adapt optimization strategies to your application workload’s runtime conditions. These improvements included: batch mode adaptive joins, batch mode memory grant feedback, and interleaved execution for multi-statement ... continue reading
Public Preview of Table Variable Deferred Compilation in Azure SQL Database

Public Preview of Table Variable Deferred Compilation in Azure SQL Database

Last year SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database introduced query processing improvements that adapt optimization strategies to your application workload’s runtime conditions. These improvements included: batch mode adaptive joins, batch mode memory grant feedback, and interleaved execution for multi-statement ... continue reading
Vertical bar chart comparing query run time in  for 30 TB data on Amazon Redshift and Azure SQL DW

Azure.Source – Volume 40

Highlights New Azure innovation advances customer success for the cloud- and AI-powered future - In preparation for Microsoft Inspire in Las Vegas this week (where partners and Microsoft meet to connect, learn, and collaborate to accelerate the digital transformation and ... continue reading

Parse HTML and pass to Cognitive Services Text-to-Speech

Summary: Having some fun with Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on first?” comedy routine, and multiple voices with Bing Speech. ------------------------------- Hello everyone! The last few posts, I showed you all about the Cognitive Services Text-to-Speech API. You learned about the ... continue reading
Cluster Quorum File Share Witness on a USB stick?

Cluster Quorum File Share Witness on a USB stick?

I’m very excited to hear that coming in Windows Server 2019 there will be a few new features in regards to the File Share Witness for the Failover Cluster Quorum. The feature that many of my customers have been asking ... continue reading
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
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