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Security Updates from the Win10 Fall Creators Update

Hello, Paul Bergson, back with some great new information regarding the recent release of Fall Creators Update (FCU) for Windows 10, Microsoft released some great new security features that can protect you from unwanted Malware. I have heard from customers ... continue reading

What’s new in SSMS 17.4: SQL Vulnerability Assessment

This post is authored by Ronit Reger, Senior Program Manager, SQL Data Security and Alan Yu, Program Manager, SQL Server We are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 17.4! Download SSMS 17.4 and review the ... continue reading

Detonating a bad rabbit: Windows Defender Antivirus and layered machine learning defenses

Windows Defender Antivirus uses a layered approach to protection: tiers of advanced automation and machine learning models evaluate files to reach a verdict on suspected malware. While Windows Defender AV detects a vast majority of new malware files at first ... continue reading

WNV Deep Dive Part 1 – Introduction to Containers and Windows Network Virtualization

By James Kehr, Networking Support Escalation Engineer When I started writing this article it was going to be about Container networking, and nothing but Container networking. As the article progresses I realized there was a lot of useful information that ... continue reading

Windows Container and Virtual Network Deep Dive Mini-Blog Series coming…

Just wanted to give you a quick heads up that we are going to begin a Mini-Blog Series this Monday (12/11). We will be covering about Container networking, and Windows network virtualization (WNV). While there are some differences between Container ... continue reading

November 2017 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

Congratulations to our November top-10 contributors! Alberto Morillo maintains the first position in the cloud ranking while Visakh Murukesan maintains the top in the All Databases ranking. This Leaderboard initiative was started in October 2016 to recognize the top Database ... continue reading

WSL Interoperability with Docker

We frequently get asked about running docker from within the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). We don’t support running the docker daemon directly in WSL. But what you can do is call in to the daemon running under Windows from ... continue reading

DSC Resource Naming Guidelines

When DSC was announced at TechEd 2013, one of the goals was to “Create an ecosystem”. The ecosystem for DSC has grown tremendously in the last 4 years. At worldwide events for PowerShell (PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit, PowerShell Conference ... continue reading

Securing modernized apps and simplified networking on Windows with Calico

This blog post was authored by Jason Messer, Principal PM Lead, WDG Core Networking. Containers have become synonymous with application modernization, and Kubernetes has become the leading solution for orchestrating containerized applications. With Windows Server version 1709, Windows now has ... continue reading

What’s brewing in Visual Studio Team Services: December 2017 Digest

This month I have a lot to cover. Since my last post, we’ve shipped three sprints of features, and we had a very successful Connect(); event in November. Let’s dive right in. Connect(); The Connect(); conference highlights developer tools like ... continue reading

Azure Application Architecture Guide

We've talked to many customers since Azure was released nearly eight years ago. Back then, Azure had only a few services. Now it's grown tremendously and keeps expanding. Cloud computing itself also has evolved to embrace customer demands. For example, ... continue reading

#AzureSQLDW cost savings with Autoscaler – part 2

This blog post was co-authored by Eldad Hagashi, Software Engineering Manager, and Feng Tan, Software Engineer, Microsoft Education Data Service. Azure SQL Data Warehouse is Microsoft’s SQL analytics platform, the backbone of your enterprise data warehouse (EDW). The service is ... continue reading

Performance best practices for using Azure Database for PostgreSQL

Microsoft announced the public preview of Azure Database services for PostgreSQL and MySQL at Build 2017 which is a simple, fully managed database service for PostgreSQL and MySQL that removes the complexities around infrastructure management, data availability, protection, and scale ... continue reading

Awesome #Microsoft Azure 101 Cards and Interactive Sites #Azure #Cloud

Microsoft Azure Services 101 Cards From here you can get the Azure Container Instances Information Go and see for your self the Microsoft Azure 101 Cards Microsoft Interactives : Azure Products Cloud Design Patterns Azure Security and Operations Management Microsoft ... continue reading

Control how your files are cached on Azure CDN using caching rules

Content Delivery Networks (CDN) help bring your content closer to your users all over the world. One key way the CDN improves latency is by intelligently caching files on CDN edge servers located in various geographic regions. This new feature ... continue reading

Don’t build your cloud home on shaky foundations

You probably wouldn’t furnish a house you’re building with a state of the art entertainment system without first installing doors and an alarm system. Similarly, it isn’t advisable to put valuable applications and data used to run your business in ... continue reading

HDInsight Tools for VSCode supports Azure environments worldwide

To better serve HDInsight customers worldwide, HDInsight Tools for VSCode now can be connected to all the Azure environments which host HDInsight services. This includes Azure government and regional clouds used by customers with specific compliance and data sovereignty requirements ... continue reading

Microsoft IoT Central delivers low-code way to build IoT solutions fast

Following a successful limited preview, today we are announcing the public preview of Microsoft IoT Central. Microsoft IoT Central is the first true highly scalable IoT SaaS solution that has built-in support for IoT best practices and world class security ... continue reading

Storage Spaces Direct with Samsung Z-SSD™

Hello, Claus here again. Today we are going to take a look at a new device from Samsung, the SZ985, which is marketed as a ultra-low latency NVMe SSD based on Samsung Z-NAND flash memory and a new NVMe controller ... continue reading

In practice: How customers are using Shielded Virtual Machines to secure data

You’ve read and heard a lot from Microsoft about the unprecedented security provided by Shielded Virtual Machines in Windows Server 2016, but how is this feature being used by real customers? We decided to round up a few customer stories ... continue reading

Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (December, 2017-Part 1)

Hello there! Stanislav Belov here to bring you the next issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series! As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, ... continue reading

Simple PowerShell Network Capture Tool

Hello all. Jacob Lavender here again for the Ask PFE Platforms team to share with you a little sample tool that I’ve put together to help with performing network captures. This all started when I was attempting to develop an ... continue reading

Windows Defender ATP machine learning and AMSI: Unearthing script-based attacks that ‘live off the land’

Scripts are becoming the weapon of choice of sophisticated activity groups responsible for targeted attacks as well as malware authors who indiscriminately deploy commodity threats. Scripting engines such as JavaScript, VBScript, and PowerShell offer tremendous benefits to attackers. They run ... continue reading

Last week in Azure: Location-based services, Azure Migrate, and more

In addition to several stories and announcements last week related to data and analytics in Azure, we announced two significant public previews. First, at AutoMobility LA, we announced the public preview of Azure Location Based Services, which is a new ... continue reading

Deployment strategies defined

This post is authored by Itay Shakury, Cloud Solution Architect. In the world of devops practices and cloud native infrastructure, the concept of deployments has evolved from an uninteresting implementation detail, to a fundamental element for modern systems. It seems ... continue reading

Remote Desktop in Project “Honolulu”

This quick video demonstrate Remote Desktop in Project "Honolulu", a new feature available in the update for build 1711. Download Project "Honolulu" today at http://aka.ms/HonoluluDownload ... continue reading

PowerShell in Project “Honolulu”

This quick video demonstrate PowerShell in Project "Honolulu", a new feature available in the update for build 1711. Download Project "Honolulu" today at http://aka.ms/HonoluluDownload ... continue reading

Building VM template using Assigned Access

Since it took me a couple of attempts to create VM templates for Azure portal management and Remote Desktop (in order to make them available for the TAP evaluation), I thought it best to share the process, so you can ... continue reading

ADL Tools for Visual Studio Code (VSCode) supports Python & R Programming

We are thrilled to introduce support for Azure Data Lake (ADL) Python and R extensions within Visual Studio Code (VSCode). This means you can easily add Python or R scripts as custom code extensions in U-SQL scripts, and submit such ... continue reading

The Evolution of RDMA in Windows: now extended to Hyper-V Guests

This post written by Don Stanwyck, Senior Program Manager, Windows Core Networking Remote DMA (RDMA) is an incredible technology that allows networked hosts to exchange information with virtually no CPU overhead and with extremely little latency in the end–system. Microsoft ... continue reading
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