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Native database backup in Azure SQL Managed Instance

Azure SQL Managed Instance is a new fully managed PaaS offering in Azure cloud that will be publicly available in the near future. It will expose entire SQL Server Instance, support almost all features available in SQL Server 2017 and ... continue reading

Windows PowerShell and DSC on Linux in Microsoft Azure

Hello everyone! I’m Preston K. Parsard, Platforms PFE and I’d like to talk about running PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC) on Linux in Microsoft Azure. Just in case you haven’t heard yet, PowerShell has been open sourced and released ... continue reading

Microsoft and Progeny Systems enhance security for mobile applications across U.S. Government

In our mobile-first, cloud-first world, security is paramount for organizations of any size. It is especially critical to applications used across the U.S. Government, which is why we are working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology ... continue reading

Polaris – simple Microservices using only PowerShell

Polaris – Simple Microservices using only PowerShell Polaris is a cross-platform, minimalist web framework for PowerShell Core 6. With 6 lines of code, you have your very own webserver running and ready to accept requests – all within PowerShell: New-GetRoute ... continue reading

Benefits of using the Azure IoT SDKs, and pitfalls to avoid if you don’t

Azure IoT provides a set of open-source Software Development Kits (SDKs) to simplify and accelerate the development of IoT solutions build with Azure IoT Hub. Using the SDKs in prototyping and production enables you to: Develop a “future-proof” solution with ... continue reading

Privileged Access Workstation(PAW)

At Ignite conference last month, Dean and I presented a session on PAW. Originally we were planning to just talk about the concept of PAW and how it is deployed in Microsoft. A week before the conference, we decide to ... continue reading

Easily create securely configured virtual machines

This blog post is authored by Jonathan Trull, Cheif Security Advisor, Enterprise Cybersecurity Group. While a securely configured operating system is essential to repelling todays cyber attacks, the base images provided by vendors do not come pre-hardened and require significant ... continue reading

Unifying monitoring and security for Kubernetes on Azure Container Service

We’ve seen an increase in container workloads running in production environments and a new wave of tooling that’s cropped up around container deployments. Microsoft Azure has a number of different partners in the container space and today we’re featuring a ... continue reading

How Azure Security Center unveils suspicious PowerShell attack

In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), we have a new post in our series highlighting real-world attacks that Azure Security Center helped detect, investigate, and mitigate. This post is about an attack which used PowerShell to run malicious ... continue reading

What Am I Missing? How to see the users you’re denied from seeing

This blog post is authored by Michael Dubinsky, Principal PM Manager, Microsoft ATA / Azure ATP. Recently Andy (@_wald0) and Will (@harmj0y), who are amazing contributors to the security community, have published the whitepaperAn ACE Up the Sleeve: Designing Active ... continue reading

Using ConfigMgr With Windows 10 WUfB Deferral Policies

Important: Configuration Manager current branch version 1706 is needed for any ConfigMgr environment using WUfB deferral policies. ConfigMgr client version 1702 will periodically delete all WUfB deferral policies, if configured. This could lead to unintended results. As you are probably ... continue reading

Scale up your deep learning with Batch AI preview

Imagine reducing your training time for an epoch from 30 minutes to 30 seconds, and testing many different hyper-parameter weights in parallel. Available now, in public preview, Batch AI is a new service that helps you train and test deep ... continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions About HGS Certificates

The Host Guardian Service uses public key cryptography extensively to protect shielded VMs from attackers. Any time certificates with public-private key pairs come into play, there are bound to be many questions about how to properly set up and protect ... continue reading

Failover Cluster File Share Storage Access Status is “Questionable”

Welcome everyone. This is Chuck Timon back this time to discuss a minor ‘annoyance’ in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2. Those of you that have worked with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 for a while and ... continue reading

Windows Server 2016 Essentials Azure Active Directory Integration Overview

Connect your on-premises active directory to your cloud active directory to achieve single sign-in to thousands of web applications. In this first of two videos, we will cover how this works, additional benefits and considerations. In the second video, we ... continue reading

Announcing Azure Building Blocks

I am pleased to announce the release of Azure Building Blocks, a set of tools and Azure Resource Manager templates that are designed to simplify deployment of Azure resources. Azure Resource Manager templates are very powerful, yet at the same ... continue reading

The Threat of Ransomware: How to Protect Your System from Ransomware and other Malicious Cyber Attacks

Ransomware is a type of malware that holds computers or files for ransom by encrypting files or locking the desktop or browser on systems that are infected with it, then demanding a ransom in order to regain access. The rise ... continue reading

DHCP 2016 and 2012 R2 Management Pack release

We are listening to customers’ requests on User Voice. The issues reported on DHCP MP have been rectified and we have released a new version of the MP. You can download the Microsoft System Center Management Pack for Windows Server ... continue reading

Provision on-demand Spark clusters on Docker using Azure Batch’s infrastructure

Since its release 3 years ago, Apache Spark has soared in popularity amongst Big Data users, but is also increasingly common in the HPC space. However, spinning up a Spark cluster, on-demand, can often be complicated and slow. Instead, Spark ... continue reading

Announcing the preview of Java support for Azure Functions

Serverless provides a great model for accelerating app development, but developers want to do it using the programming languages and development tools of their choice. Ever since we first released Azure Functions, support for Java has been a top request ... continue reading

Use Docker to automate testing of PowerShell Core scripts

Summary: Learn the basics about Docker, and see how to use it for PowerShell Core script testing on different operating systems. I'm Dan Ward, a Boston-based .NET software engineer who is just plum crazy about PowerShell and automation. Earlier this ... continue reading

Advanced Threat Analytics security research network technical analysis: NotPetya

This post is authored by Igal Gofman, Security Researcher, Advanced Threat Analytics. On June 27, 2017 reports on a new variant of Petya (which was later referred to as NotPetya) malware infection began spreading across the globe. It seems the ... continue reading

Implementing Multiple AGPM Servers

Hi Everyone, Paulo here, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE), recently I have had several customers querying about how to deploy multiple AGPM Servers per Forest/Domain. As you know AGPM was designed to centralize change control over Group Policies so ... continue reading

Step by Step Azure File Sync – on-premises file servers to #Azure Files Storage Sync Service #AFS #Cloud #MSIgnite

Finally Azure File Sync is there in public preview, for the last months I had the pleasure to work with the Azure File Sync team and tested the product and thought about some great ideas where Azure File Sync (AFS) ... continue reading

Enhancing query performance with Adaptive Query Processing in SQL Server 2017

This post was authored by Joe Sack, Principal Program Manager, Data Systems Group, Microsoft SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database introduce a new generation of query processing improvements that will adapt optimization strategies to your application workload’s runtime conditions ... continue reading

Monitoring Azure SQL Data Sync using OMS Log Analytics

Azure SQL Data Sync is a solution which enables customers to easily synchronize data either bidirectionally or unidirectionally between multiple Azure SQL databases and/or on-premises SQL Databases. Previously, users had to manually look at SQL Azure Data Sync in the ... continue reading

Azure Site Recovery powers new Managed DR offerings by Microsoft Partners

Today we are excited to announce that two of our Microsoft partners, Rackspace and CDW, now offer Azure Site Recovery as a managed DR solution for customers. Rackspace, with over 15 years of Microsoft experience and expertise, and a five-time ... continue reading

Get the most out of your Azure portal experience

Hello, Azure friends! If you manage Azure resources, you’re probably already familiar with the Azure portal. In this blog post, I’d like to highlight some of the experiences and capabilities that you can take advantage of to get the most ... continue reading

WANdisco enables continuous data replication on Azure HDInsight for Big Data applications

We are pleased to announce the expansion of HDInsight Application Platform to include WANdisco. You can install the WANdisco Fusion app and take advantage of the free trial too. Azure HDInsight is the industry leading fully-managed cloud Apache Hadoop and ... continue reading

Azure Log Analytics – meet our new query language

Azure Log Analytics has recently been enhanced to work with a new query language. The query language itself actually isn’t new at all, and has been used extensively by Application Insights for some time. Recently, the language and the platform ... continue reading
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