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Step 9. Protect your OS: top 10 actions to secure your environment

In “Step 9. Protect your OS” of the Top 10 actions to secure your environment blog series, we provide resources to help you configure Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Microsoft Defender ATP) to defend your Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and ... continue reading
A SQL Server tale of two cities

A SQL Server tale of two cities

No one disputes that data is critical to the lifeblood of business, applications, and the computer industry. SQL Server sits at the forefront of any discussion about data these days. So its no coincidence that SQL Server is seen, heard, ... continue reading
Enabling Data Deduplication on Windows Server 2019 Volumes

Enabling Data Deduplication on Windows Server 2019 Volumes

I was recently asked to help out our friends at Channel 9 with a storage problem. They capture large video files as part of their recordings and have to have them local for fast access in order to edit them ... continue reading

Drive higher utilization of Azure HDInsight clusters with autoscale

We are excited to share the preview of the Autoscale feature for Azure HDInsight. This feature enables enterprises to become more productive and cost-efficient by automatically scaling clusters up or down based on the load or a customized schedule. Let’s ... continue reading

We’re almost there! Join us at Windows Server Summit 2019

This blog post was authored by Dianna Marks, Product Marketing Manager, Windows Server Product Marketing. Windows Server Summit 2019 is just two days away and we already have over 8,500 registered to attend. Thats a record in Windows Server Summit ... continue reading
Build a strong identity foundation with Azure AD provisioning

Build a strong identity foundation with Azure AD provisioning

Howdy folks, Today we’re announcing a few big updates in our Azure AD provisioning system. Nitika Gupta, one of our program managers on the Identity team, has written a guest blog post diving into some of the details. You’ll find ... continue reading
Software Update Dashboard by Collections

Software Update Dashboard by Collections

Hello everyone, Matt Novitsch (SCCM Premier Field Engineer) here to talk to you about a Power BI Dashboard that I created using SCCM data. <# Script Disclaimer. The sample scripts provided here are not supported under any Microsoft standard support ... continue reading

Do you need more memory on Azure SQL Managed Instance?

Azure SQL Managed Instance is fully-managed SQL Server database engine where you can easily choose the size of the instance with the amount of resources you want to use. Sometime, it is hard to determine what instance size you need ... continue reading

Troubleshooting Database Mail issues in Azure SQL Managed Instance

Azure SQL Database - Managed Instance enables you to directly send the email messages to the external email servers. You can send email messages directly using sp_send_dbmail procedure or via SQL Agent Jobs as alerts. Learn more about Database Mail ... continue reading
60 seconds to a Linkerd service mesh on AKS

60 seconds to a Linkerd service mesh on AKS

See just how easy it is to deploy a service mesh to your AKS cluster. William Morgan, maintainer of the open source service mesh Linkerd, joins Scott Hanselman to demonstrate just how easy it is to deploy Linkerd. Together they ... continue reading
Graph display of usage patterns for SQL Database serverless over a 24 hour period

Optimize price-performance with compute auto-scaling in Azure SQL Database serverless

Optimizing compute resource allocation to achieve performance goals while controlling costs can be a challenging balance to strike especially for database workloads with complex usage patterns. To help address these challenges, we are pleased to announce the preview of Azure ... continue reading
Privacy in the digital age

Privacy in the digital age

Today, we spend most of our time in the digital world and rely heavily on technology to get us through each day, with multiple devices connected to various networks. Because of this, privacy has become an important topic in Identity ... continue reading

Get-ScriptDirectory to the Rescue

The other day I was writing a script and decided that I wanted to break it into a couple of files and have the main script dot-source a library script in the same directory. Here is the problem that I ... continue reading
What is the difference between Azure Application Gateway, Load Balancer, Front Door and Firewall?

What is the difference between Azure Application Gateway, Load Balancer, Front Door and Firewall?

**** Added the NSG section as per comments **** Hello folks, Last week at a conference in Toronto, an attendee came to the Microsoft booth and asked something that has been asked many times in the past. So, I decided ... continue reading
Conditional access for the Azure AD combined MFA and password reset registration experience

Conditional access for the Azure AD combined MFA and password reset registration experience

Howdy folks, More and more organizations are using Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to protect their access and self-service password reset (SSPR) to reduce support costs and empower their users to manage their credential recovery. Our internal studies show that customers can ... continue reading

SQL Server 2017 achieves top TPC benchmarks for OLTP and DW on Linux and Windows

Once again, SQL Server 2017 has led the pack with three new TPC benchmarks published in April 2019, ranking SQL Server 2017 as the fastest database for online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehouse (DW) workloads on Windows and Linux ... continue reading

Ovum recommends Microsoft security to safeguard your hybrid and multi cloud environments

According to a new Ovum report, “[Azure Sentinel]…positions [Microsoft] to be a force for change in a security information and events management (SIEM) market that is ripe for disruption at the moment.” As enterprises migrate to the cloud, they’re increasingly ... continue reading
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Accelerate bot development with Bot Framework SDK and other updates

Conversational experiences have become the norm, whether you’re looking to track a package or to find out a store’s hours of operation. At Microsoft Build 2019, we highlighted a few customers who are building such conversational experiences using the Microsoft ... continue reading
The move to Azure Cosmos DB led to a 4x improvement in average query speeds.

Microsoft 365 boosts usage analytics with Azure Cosmos DB – Part 2

This post is part of a 2-part series about how organizations are using Azure Cosmos DB to meet real world needs, and the difference it’s making for them. In part 1, we explored the challenges that led the Microsoft 365 ... continue reading
Data flow of architecture (using MongoDB as a primary data store).

Microsoft 365 boosts usage analytics with Azure Cosmos DB

This post is part of a 2-part series about how organizations are using Azure Cosmos DB to meet real-world needs, and the difference it’s making for them. In this first post we explore the challenges that led the Microsoft 365 ... continue reading
Introducing Azure Boards to the GitHub Marketplace

Introducing Azure Boards to the GitHub Marketplace

Anisha Pindoria speaks with Alex Nichols about the introduction of the Azure Boards app to the GitHub Marketplace, a new way to integrate between the two services so that you can stay organized and focused on delivering value.As your organization ... continue reading
Exam review: AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

Exam review: AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

When did you last sit an official industry exam? For me, it's been more years than I care to count! But recently, a group of staff at my local Microsoft office planned to sit the AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam ... continue reading
Troubleshooting Kubernetes Networking on Windows: Part 1

Troubleshooting Kubernetes Networking on Windows: Part 1

We’ve all been there: Sometimes things just don’t work the way they should even though we followed everything down to a T. Kubernetes in particular, is not easy to troubleshoot – even if you’re an expert. There are multiple components ... continue reading
Announcing the all new Attack Surface Analyzer 2.0

Announcing the all new Attack Surface Analyzer 2.0

Few of us know what is really happening on our systems when we install new software from new or untrusted sources. This is important because most installation processes require elevated privileges, which can lead to undesired system configuration changes. Knowing ... continue reading
Joy Chik speaking at the European Identity and Cloud Conference in Munich, Germany

Decentralized identity and the path to digital privacy

Security is the central challenge of the digital age. Our digital lives have moved into the cloud. People now use multiple devices to connect to multiple applications through many different networks. Just about everything is connected to the internet, where ... continue reading
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Storage Spaces Direct Management Pack (S2D) error in SCOM fixed in UR7

If you are running into error below after installing S2D Management pack and trying to add a new group, then you will be happy to know what we have fixed this issue in SCOM 2016 UR7. Please install the fix ... continue reading
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Microsoft Azure portal May 2019 update

This month is packed with updates on the Azure portal, including enhancements to the user experience, resource configuration, management tools and more. Sign in to the Azure portal now and see for yourself everything that’s new. Download the Azure mobile ... continue reading
ConfigMgr Software Updates Deployment (Assignment) & Individual Updates Compliance FAQs

ConfigMgr Software Updates Deployment (Assignment) & Individual Updates Compliance FAQs

What is the difference between Update Deployment (Assignment) and Update (individual) compliance reporting ? Consider a deployment containing 100 updates. Now each of these 100 updates will have their own compliance state on the machine and the Deployment you can ... continue reading

5/14: Hyper-V HyperClear Update

Four new speculative execution side channel vulnerabilities were announced today and affect a wide array of Intel processors. The list of affected processors includes Intel Xeon, Intel Core, and Intel Atom models. These vulnerabilities are referred to as CVE-2018-12126 Microarchitectural ... continue reading
Removal of the 16-character limit for passwords in Azure AD

Removal of the 16-character limit for passwords in Azure AD

Howdy folks, Many of you have been reminding us that we still have a 16-character password limit for accounts created in Azure AD. While our on-premises Windows AD allows longer passwords and passphrases, we previously didn’t have support for this ... continue reading
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