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Everything you need to know about Windows Server 2019 – Part 3

Everything you need to know about Windows Server 2019 – Part 3

This blog post was authored by Dean Wells, Principal Program Manager, Windows Server. In the preceding blogs, you were given a video-tour of some of the high-level advancements made in Windows Server 2019 that touched on areas such as the ... continue reading

What is new in Windows 10 1803 for PAW?

In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the new features which are relevant to the PAW solution in the latest Windows 10 1803 release. Offline HGS Prior to 1803 release, to start a shielded VM, the host must connect ... continue reading
Windows Defender System Guard runtime attestation architecture

Introducing Windows Defender System Guard runtime attestation

At Microsoft, we want users to be in control of their devices, including knowing the security health of these devices. If important security features should fail, users should be aware. Windows Defender System Guard runtime attestation, a new Windows platform ... continue reading
Windows Event Viewer showing the Hyper-V-VMMS Admin log

Looking at the Hyper-V Event Log (January 2018 edition)

Hyper-V has changed over the last few years and so has our event log structure. With that in mind, here is an update of Ben’s original post in 2009 (“Looking at the Hyper-V Event Log”). This post gives a short ... continue reading

Shielded VM local mode and HGS mode

With the new capability in Windows 10, version 1709, Windows Client can host shielded VMs while using remote Host Guardian Service (HGS) attestation. This caused some confusion as people stated they have already been running shielded VMs on client. This ... continue reading

Migrating local VM owner certificates for VMs with vTPM

Whenever I want to replace or reinstall a system which is used to run virtual machines with a virtual trusted platform module (vTPM), I’ve been facing a challenge: For hosts that are not part of a guarded fabric, the new ... continue reading
Why use shielded VMs for your privileged access workstation (PAW) solution?

Why use shielded VMs for your privileged access workstation (PAW) solution?

It’s great to see customers trying out PAWs and it’s generating a lot of great questions. Many questions are related to shielded VMs so I’d like to focus this blog post on sharing our reasoning for building the PAW solution ... continue reading
Hardening the system and maintaining integrity with Windows Defender System Guard

Hardening the system and maintaining integrity with Windows Defender System Guard

One of the things we spend a great deal of time thinking about here at Microsoft is how attackers will attempt to persist and evade detection once they’ve successfully compromised a device. With Windows 10 we’ve made it more difficult ... continue reading
PAW host buildout

PAW host buildout

Continuing with the PAW series, in this blog post, I'd like to share the details of what we are planning to configure the host. I'd love to hear your thoughts, feedback about the design. For a recap on the PAW ... continue reading
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