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How a national cybersecurity agency can help avoid a national cybersecurity quagmire

This last October we saw more countries than ever participate in initiatives to raise cybersecurity awareness. What was once largely a US approach has evolved into events and initiatives around the world by governments, civil society groups, and private sector ... continue reading

Schannel Follow-up

Hello all! Nathan Penn back again with a follow-up to Demystifying Schannel. While finishing up the original post, I realized that having a simpler method to disable the various components of Schannel might be warranted. If you remember that article, ... continue reading

Last week in Azure: Azure SDK for Go GA, and more

On Wednesday, Microsoft CVP, Charlotte Yarkoni announced Microsoft for Startups, a new program that delivers access to technology, go-to-market and community benefits that helps startups grow their customer and revenue base. Of note, the program provides startups with up to ... continue reading

Microsoft updates Cognitive Services terms

This post was authored by the Microsoft Cognitive Services Team. We understand that the commitments we make about data are essential for any organization. To give customers more control, we’ve updated our Cognitive Services terms for customer data. Here’s what ... continue reading

The February release of SQL Operations Studio is now available

This post is authored by Alan Yu, Program Manager, SQL Server. We are excited to announce the February release of SQL Operations Studio is now available. Download SQL Operations Studio and review the Release Notes to get started. SQL Operations ... continue reading

Sync SQL data in large scale using Azure SQL Data Sync

This post is authored by Xiaochen Wu, Program Manager, SQL Server. Azure SQL Data Sync allows users to synchronize data between Azure SQL Databases and SQL Server databases in one-direction or bi-direction. This feature was first introduced in 2012. By ... continue reading

Migrating to Azure SQL Database with Zero Downtime for Read-Only Workloads

Special thanks to MSAsset engineering team’s Peter Liu (Senior Software Engineer) and Shail Batra (Principal Software Engineering Manager) for sharing their migration story with the Azure SQL Database product team. Microsoft uses an internally written service called MSAsset to manage ... continue reading

How artificial intelligence stopped an Emotet outbreak

At 12:46 a.m. local time on February 3, a Windows 7 Pro customer in North Carolina became the first would-be victim of a new malware attack campaign for Trojan:Win32/Emotet. In the next 30 minutes, the campaign tried to attack over ... continue reading

Simplify cloud adoption with Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Datometry

We increasingly see that every enterprise is formulating, if not already executing, a cloud-first strategy for their on-premise enterprise data management to benefit from inherent elasticity, flexibility and performance of a cloud data warehouse like Azure SQL Data Warehouse (Azure ... continue reading

Preview of Log Alerts feature for Application Insights

This blog post was co-authored by Vijay Nagarajan, Senior Program Manger and Kiran Madnani, Principal PM Manager, Azure Infrastructure Management Application Insights is an extensible application performance management (APM) service for web developers on multiple platforms. Customers use Application Insights ... continue reading

Create tomorrow today with emerging tech at Microsoft Build

This blog post was authored by the Microsoft Build Team. On May 7–9, brilliant developers and industry game-changers will meet at Microsoft Build in Seattle, Washington. Creators of all kinds will gather to spark ideas, get inspired, and build what’s ... continue reading

New reference architecture for Jenkins on Azure

The patterns & practices (p&p) group of the Azure Customer Advisory Team (Azure CAT), has published a new reference architecture for deploying and running a Jenkins server on Azure with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Jenkins is a powerful open source tool ... continue reading

Microsoft partners with National Science Foundation to empower data science breakthroughs

Over the past decade, Microsoft has partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) on three separate programs, first in , and more recently through a commitment of $6M in cloud credits across two NSF supported data science programs – with ... continue reading

Cyber resilience for the modern enterprise

Many organizations are undergoing a digital transformation that leverages a mix of cloud and on-premises assets to increase business efficiency and growth. While increased dependence on technology is necessary for this transformation, and to position the business for success, it ... continue reading

Last week in Azure: Living the serverless life, Kubernetes, and more

Several of the items highlighted below focus on serverless solutions where you don’t need to provision and manage any servers so that you can take your mind off implementing infrastructure. Building a serverless application on Azure using services like Azure ... continue reading

Microsoft Azure Data Lake Storage in Storage Explorer – public preview

Providing a rich GUI for Azure Data Lake Storage resources management has been a top customer ask for a long time, we are thrilled to announce the public preview for supporting Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS) in the Azure Storage ... continue reading

Azure IoT SDKs released new Long-Term Support branch

The Azure IoT SDKs now have a new Long-Term Support (LTS) Branch. While we develop our SDKs on public GitHub repositories and ship a new version every other week to give developers access to the latest and greatest features, we ... continue reading

New SCOM Web Console – Blog series (Post 5/5): Sample Custom Dashboard walkthrough

About SCOM 1801 marks the release of REST APIs for SCOM SDK. Using these APIs a user can create any custom client application of their own. This blog aims at walking the user through a scenario where a complete standalone ... continue reading

New SCOM Web Console – Blog series (Post 4/5): The all new Drilldown experience

About This blog aims at introducing the all new drilldown experience added as part of the new dashboard with SCOM 1801 release. For details on implementation and other parameters please refer to the After going through this blog a user ... continue reading

New SCOM Web Console – Blog series (Post 3/5): The new HTML5 Widgets

About This blog aims at introducing the all new HTML5 based widgets added as part of the new dashboards with . For details on implementation and other parameters please refer to the detailed documentation. After going through this blog a ... continue reading

New SCOM Web Console – Blog series (Post 2/5): The all new Dashboards

About This blog aims at introducing the all new HTML5 based dashboard functionality added to SCOM 1801 release. For details on implementation and other parameters please refer to the detailed documentation. After going through this blog, a user would: Understand ... continue reading

New SCOM Web Console – Blog series (Post 1/5): Overview

About This series of blogs intends to introduce the new SCOM Web Console released in System Center Operations Manager 1801. For details on implementation and other parameters please refer to the detailed documentation. This blog is designed to be a ... continue reading

Quick Reference: Recovery Options for Post-Mortem Debugging for Windows and Virtual Machines

Hi everyone, Robert Smith here to talk to you today a bit about crash dump configurations and options. With the wide-spread adoption of virtualization, large database servers, and other systems that may have a large amount or RAM, pre-configuring the ... continue reading

Overview of Petya, a rapid cyberattack

In the first blog post of this 3-part series, we introduced what rapid cyberattacks are and illustrated how they are different in terms of execution and outcome. Next, we will go into some more details on the Petya (aka NotPetya) ... continue reading

Go serverless for your IoT needs

If you are building an IoT solution in the cloud, chances are your focus is on the devices and what you can accomplish with them. You might want to process data coming from a network of devices in real time, ... continue reading

Build email notifications for SQL Database Automatic tuning recommendations

After reading this blogpost, you will be able to build your own custom email notifications for SQL Database Automatic tuning recommendations. We have listened to our customers requesting this functionality and have created a custom solution based on readily available ... continue reading

JSON in SQL Server – Use cases

JSON support in SQL Server 2016+ and Azure SQL Database enables you to combine relational and NoSQL concepts and easily transform relational to semi-structured data and vice-versa. JSON is not a replacement for the exiting relational models, and there are ... continue reading

Managing Azure Secrets on GitHub Repositories

Background An increasing number of developers across the globe use GitHub to host their projects, and many of them use GitHub public repositories for their open source work. While this is a great way to contribute and leverage the power ... continue reading

Simplify REST API development for modern Single-page apps with SQL Server

JSON functionalities that are added in SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL Database enable application developers to easily expose relational data from database tables and create REST API that will provide data to modern JavaScript single-page applications. In this post ... continue reading

Docker CE for Windows10 Edge and #Kubernetes Feature Overview #Docker #Containers #DevOps

Docker CE for Windows is Docker designed to run on Windows 10. It is a native Windows application that provides an easy-to-use development environment for building, shipping, and running dockerized apps. Docker CE for Windows uses Windows-native Hyper-V virtualization and ... continue reading
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