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Step-By-Step: Setting up AD FS and Enabling Single Sign-On to Office 365

This post will walk you through a typical highly available setup into Office 365. Ideally this server will be installed as virtual servers on multiple Hyper-V hosts. Think about redundancy, not only in the virtual servers, but in the Hyper-V ... continue reading

Get up to speed with Azure HDInsight: The comprehensive guide

Azure HDInsight is an easy, cost-effective, enterprise-grade service for open source analytics. With HDInsight, you get managed clusters for various Apache big data technologies, such as Spark, MapReduce, Kafka, Hive, HBase, Storm and ML Services backed by a 99.9% SLA ... continue reading

SQL Server license flexibility for CSP Partners

One of the great benefits of Azure is the ability to achieve significant cost savings with the Azure Hybrid Benefit (AHB). By bringing existing licenses for Windows Server or SQL Server, Partners can capture significant cost savings. Partners can purchase ... continue reading

PowerShell Constrained Language mode and the Dot-Source Operator

PowerShell Constrained Language mode and the Dot-Source Operator PowerShell works with application control systems, such as AppLocker and Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC), by automatically running inConstrainedLanguage mode. ConstrainedLanguage mode restricts some exploitable aspects of PowerShell while still giving you ... continue reading
Migration from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

Migration from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

Today we'll review how you can migrate databases, running on SQL Server, to a new Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. Azure SQL Database Managed Instance (aka "SQL MI") is a new deployment model of Azure SQL Database, providing near 100% ... continue reading

The new HCI industry record: 13.7 million IOPS with Windows Server 2019 and Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory

Written by Cosmos Darwin, Senior PM on the Core OS team at Microsoft. Follow him on Twitter @cosmosdarwin. Hyper-converged infrastructure is an important shift in datacenter technology. By moving away from proprietary storage arrays to an architecture built on industry-standard ... continue reading
Datacenter migration updates from Ignite 2018

Datacenter migration updates from Ignite 2018

Microsoft Ignite 2018 took place in Orlando, Florida few weeks ago. It is an annual Microsoft conference for ITPros with more then 700+ sessions and 100+ announcements. Let's review what announcements are relevant if you are migrating from your datacenter ... continue reading

Leap Seconds for the IT Pro: What you need to know

Hi Everybody – Program Manager Dan Cuomo here to tell you, the IT Pro, everything you need to know about Leap Seconds on Windows. If you saw our recent blog series on the Top 10 Networking Features, you may have ... continue reading

Step-By-Step: Enabling Hyper-V for use on Windows 10

Virtualization provides a plethora of solutions from making the most of an organization’s hardware investment to running specific applications in other OS offerings. Windows 8 was the first Windows client operating system to include hardware virtualization support natively. Using the ... continue reading