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How to use composite indexes and correlated subqueries with Azure Cosmos DB

Tim Sander joins Scott Hanselman to discuss composite indexes and correlated subqueries. A Request Unit, or RU, is the measure of throughput in Azure Cosmos DB. Learn how to optimize queries with a composite index to decrease the RUs needed ... continue reading

How to connect virtual networks across Azure regions with Azure Global VNet peering

Anavi Nahar joins Donovan Brown to show how virtual network peering enables you to connect networks seamlessly in Azure Virtual Network. The virtual networks appear as one for connectivity purposes. The traffic between virtual machines uses the Microsoft backbone infrastructure ... continue reading
Video Tutorial: Administration Service in Configuration Manager current branch

Video Tutorial: Administration Service in Configuration Manager current branch

Hello everyone, @Steve Rachui a principal field engineer specializing in endpoint management technologies brings us another video tutorial. This session focuses on the Configuration Manager administration service introduced in current branch version1810. The tutorial focuses on current branch 1906 and ... continue reading
Bring identities from disconnected ADs into Azure AD with just a few clicks!

Bring identities from disconnected ADs into Azure AD with just a few clicks!

Howdy folks, Today we’ve got some amazingly cool news to share. If you work in a large enterprise, you probably already know how big the challenges can be when your company makes an acquisition and you suddenly get asked to ... continue reading

Easier management of PolyBase and relational data through SQL Server 2019

The days when a database administrator (DBA) could specialize solely in a single database technology are rapidly ending. Today, we're much more likely than ever before to be asked to bring together many types of data from diverse sources. Although ... continue reading
Step-By-Step: Building a Hyper-V Lab in Azure with Windows Server 2019

Step-By-Step: Building a Hyper-V Lab in Azure with Windows Server 2019

I was recently challenged with having to create technical demos for a Microsoft Ignite the tour session called “Migrating to Windows Server 2019” (watch the recording here - awesome session). The demos for this talk centered around taking a bunch ... continue reading
What’s new with SQL Server 2019 Linux features

What’s new with SQL Server 2019 Linux features

With SQL Server 2017, Microsoft entered the world of multi-OS platform support for SQL Server. For many technical professionals, the ability to run SQL Server on the same open source operating system as the rest of the application stack is ... continue reading

Premier Offerings: Onboarding Accelerator – Implementing Microsoft Intune Features

As a Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft, I run into numerous instances where our customers have raised the need for them to have greater control and flexibility in using the Microsoft Premier Services. More and more customers are demanding greater ... continue reading

How to configure persistent memory for SQL Server on Linux

With the release of SQL Server 2019 on Linux, Microsoft introduced persistent memory (PMEM) support on Linux. This is an exciting development, as previous versions of SQL Server on Linux didn't support PMEM. Let's look at how to configure the ... continue reading
Gartner graph showing Microsoft as a Leader in Cloud App Security.

Microsoft Security—a Leader in 5 Gartner Magic Quadrants

Gartner has named Microsoft Security a Leader in five Magic Quadrants. This is exciting news that we believe speaks to the breadth and depth of our security offerings. Gartner places vendors as Leaders who demonstrate balanced progress and effort in ... continue reading

Survey for NetApp FAS customers

Heya folks, Ned here again. We have a quick survey for all our customers who use NetApp FAS. Https:// It will take just a minute and is completely anonymous. We hope you can provide a little info on how you ... continue reading
Step-by-Step: Managing Groups via Azure Active Directory PowerShell for Graph module

Step-by-Step: Managing Groups via Azure Active Directory PowerShell for Graph module

In my previous blog post, I explained how we can manage Azure AD users by using Azure Active Directory PowerShell for Graph module. In there I also shared many examples. You can access it via In this blog post ... continue reading
Screenshot of Azure Advisor in the Azure portal, showing the new operational excellence category.

Achieve operational excellence in the cloud with Azure Advisor

Many customers have questions when it comes to managing cloud operations. How can I implement real-time cloud governance at scale? What’s the best way to monitor my cloud workloads? How can I get help when I need it? Azure offers ... continue reading
An image showing how Power Virtual Agents and Microsoft Blot Frameworks expand on each other for ease of collaboration between developers and business users.

Enabling collaborative bot development across your organization for any user

This post was co-authored by Omar Aftab, Partner Director of Program Management, Power Virtual Agents. Conversational artificial intelligence (AI) is enabling organizations to improve their business in areas like customer service and employee engagement by automating some of the most ... continue reading

Premier Offerings: System Center Configuration Manager and Intune Power BI Dashboard Integration

Introduction As SCCM Engineers we have all been asked at some stage about custom dashboards and reports that are available or that can be created to monitor the SCCM environment, check the status of client activity, client health, deployments or ... continue reading
Spear phishing campaigns—they’re sharper than you think

Spear phishing campaigns—they’re sharper than you think

Even your most security-savvy users may have difficulty identifying honed spear phishing campaigns. Unlike traditional phishing campaigns that are blasted to a large email list in hopes that just one person will bite, advanced spear phishing campaigns are highly targeted ... continue reading
GigaOm Report

Faster and cheaper: SQL on Azure continues to outshine AWS

Over a million on-premises SQL Server databases have moved to Azure, representing a massive shift in where customers are collecting, storing, and analyzing their data. Modernizing your databases provides the opportunity to transform your data architecture. SQL Server on Azure ... continue reading

How to use Azure Ultra Disks with Azure Virtual Machines

Aung Oo joins Scott Hanselman to show how to use Azure Ultra Disks. Ultra Disk is a new Managed Disks offering that delivers unprecedented and extremely scalable performance with sub-millisecond latency for the most demanding Azure Virtual Machines and container ... continue reading

How to share SQL tables and views using Azure Data Share

Jie Feng joins Scott Hanselman to show how to share SQL tables and views using Azure Data Share. Azure Data Share now supports snapshot-based sharing for SQL-based sources, including Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse. Data Providers can use ... continue reading

PowerShell Basics: How to Manage Azure Resources via PowerShell

PowerShell automation can be powerful when harnessed correctly. Whats more is that its capabilities can expand well beyond on-premises. To get started on this journey, this post will look at how to manage Azure Resources via PowerShell to further our ... continue reading

Windows 10 IOT updates fail at reboot with “Reverting changes”…Why can’t it just be easy?

Let me answer the question from the title before we get started, nothing is ever as simple as you think it is going to be. In a large organization there are usually lots of different environmental factors that can impact ... continue reading
Use Azure Automation to Install and Configure the Log Analytics Extension

Use Azure Automation to Install and Configure the Log Analytics Extension

Hello, Chris Wallen here and in this post, I'm going to show how you can use an Azure Automation runbook to deploy and configure the Log Analytics extension to a group of virtual machines running either Windows or Linux. Before ... continue reading
Gartner Names Microsoft a Leader in the 2019 Enterprise Information Archiving (EIA) Magic Quadrant

Gartner Names Microsoft a Leader in the 2019 Enterprise Information Archiving (EIA) Magic Quadrant

We often hear from customers about the explosion of data, and the challenge this presents for organizations in remaining compliant and protecting their information. We’ve invested in capabilities across the landscape of information protection and information governance, inclusive of archiving, ... continue reading
Timeline of evolution of Dexphot malware

Insights from one year of tracking a polymorphic threat

A little over a year ago, in October 2018, our polymorphic outbreak monitoring system detected a large surge in reports, indicating that a large-scale campaign was unfolding. We observed as the new threat attempted to deploy files that changed every ... continue reading

Managing security with Azure Lighthouse and Azure Arc

I've previously blogged about Azure Lighthouse, for managing multiple difference Azure tenancies. This capability is useful for both Managed Service Providers, with support arrangements for multiple customers, and for large or complex Enterprise organizations (for example, if there are sub-brands ... continue reading

A year of bringing AI to the edge

This post is co-authored by Anny Dow, Product Marketing Manager, Azure Cognitive Services. In an age where low-latency and data security can be the lifeblood of an organization, containers make it possible for enterprises to meet these needs when harnessing ... continue reading

The RC4 Removal Files Part 2: In AES We Trust

Flash back to the late 80's...mullets for all, Polo drenched teens, big hair, and RC4 in all it's glory. Life was good. Flash forward to now and all of these things are out of style. In the case of RC4, ... continue reading

Going in-depth on the Windows 10 random number generation infrastructure

Throughout the years, we’ve had ongoing conversations with researchers, developers, and customers around our implementation of certain security features within the Windows operating system. Most recently, we have open-sourced our cryptography libraries as a way to contribute and show our ... continue reading
Rethinking cyber learning—consider gamification

Rethinking cyber learning—consider gamification

As promised, I’m back with a follow-up to my recent post, Rethinking how we learn security, on how we need modernize the learning experience for cybersecurity professionals by gamifying training to make learning fun. Some of you may have attended ... continue reading
1. A new multi-language option available in the upload page of Video Indexer portal

Multi-language identification and transcription in Video Indexer

Multi-language speech transcription was recently introduced into Microsoft Video Indexer at the International Broadcasters Conference (IBC). It is available as a preview capability and customers can already start experiencing it in our portal. More details on all our IBC2019 enhancements ... continue reading