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Windows 10 (Build 1803) VDI Optimization Script Primer

Windows 10 (Build 1803) VDI Optimization Script Primer

Hello IT Professionals. Robert M. Smith, PFE here, with a short blog post regarding Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). A peer of mine Tim Muessig (also PFE), developed a PowerShell script that can be used to optimize Windows 10 Enterprise, 1803, ... continue reading

Windows 10 (Build 1803) VDI Optimization Script Primer

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Microsoft’s Azure Cosmos DB is named a leader in the Forrester Wave: Big Data NoSQL

We’re excited to announce that Forrester has named Microsoft as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Big Data NoSQL, Q1 2019 based on their evaluation of Azure Cosmos DB. We believe Forrester’s findings validate the exceptional market momentum of Azure ... continue reading
Tough Questions Answered: How to add multiple values to a GPO with a listbox.

Tough Questions Answered: How to add multiple values to a GPO with a listbox.

Recently I have received a support request from a Customer that need to add multiple value to a GPO. Lets dive into the details. ENVIRONMENT The customer installed a new third party application is his client environment (Windows 10), this ... continue reading
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Azure Stack IaaS – part five

Self-service is core to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Back in the virtualization days, you had to wait for someone to create a VLAN for you, carve out a LUN, and find space on a host. If Microsoft Azure ran that way, we ... continue reading
Diagram displaying the integration between the data science cycle and the app development cycle.

Breaking the wall between data scientists and app developers with Azure DevOps

As data scientists, we are used to developing and training machine learning models in our favorite Python notebook or an integrated development environment (IDE), like Visual Studio Code (VSCode). Then, we hand off the resultant model to an app developer ... continue reading
IoT in action webinar series: From Reaction to Prediction - IoT in Manufacturing March 28th, 2019.

The Value of IoT-Enabled Intelligent Manufacturing

As the manufacturing industry tackles some significant challenges including an aging workforce, compliance issues, and declining revenue, the Internet of Things (IoT) is helping reinvent factories and key processes. At the heart of this transformation journey is the design and ... continue reading

Microsoft and NVIDIA bring GPU-accelerated machine learning to more developers

With ever-increasing data volume and latency requirements, GPUs have become an indispensable tool for doing machine learning (ML) at scale. This week, we are excited to announce two integrations that Microsoft and NVIDIA have built together to unlock industry-leading GPU ... continue reading

Microsoft Azure for the Gaming Industry

This blog post was co-authored by Patrick Mendenall, Principal Program Manager, Azure. We are excited to join the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week to learn what’s new and share our work in Azure focused on enabling modern, global games ... continue reading
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Securely monitoring your Azure Database for PostgreSQL Query Store

A few months ago, I shared best practices for alerting on metrics with Azure Database for PostgreSQL. Though I was able to cover how to monitor certain key metrics on Azure Database for PostgreSQL, I did not cover how to ... continue reading
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Reducing security alert fatigue using machine learning in Azure Sentinel

Last week we launched Azure Sentinel, a cloud native SIEM tool. Machine learning (ML) in Azure Sentinel is built-in right from the beginning. We have thoughtfully designed the system with ML innovations aimed to make security analysts, security data scientists, ... continue reading
Getting started with Azure Monitor Dynamic Thresholds

Getting started with Azure Monitor Dynamic Thresholds

For IT Operations teams, performance metrics are essential to monitoring server health. They give you an early warning of potential problems and some quantifiable data over “the computers are running slow”. They also give you data to back up a ... continue reading

The PowerShell Extension is now in the Azure Data Studio Marketplace

We are excited to announce the PowerShell Extension is available in the Azure Data Studio (ADS) marketplace! Now you can write PowerShell scripts with the full benefits of PowerShell Editor Services using the excellent IDE-like interface that Azure Data Studio ... continue reading
Azure Container Registry (ACR) virtual network and firewall rules preview

Azure Container Registry (ACR) virtual network and firewall rules preview

Mini Demo: Need a private registry not exposed to the internet, but still want PaaS? Try ACR VNet & firewall rules to lock down your AKS cluster, CI/CD pipeline, or other resources like your development team.Azure Container Registry (ACR)Restrict access ... continue reading
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Microsoft and NVIDIA extend video analytics to the intelligent edge

Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms are becoming more intelligent and sophisticated every day, allowing IoT devices like cameras to bridge the physical and digital worlds. The algorithms can trigger alerts and take actions automatically — from finding available parking spots and ... continue reading

5 steps financial institutions can take to reduce their cybercrime risk

When it comes to cybersecurity, financial institutions are uniquely challenged as they are often a target for hackers. My customers rightly worry about exposing their business and the broader financial system to a security breach. Some are reticent to adopt ... continue reading
Back up SQL Server in Azure VM using Azure Backup.

Enterprise-scale Backup for SQL Server Databases

More and more organizations are moving to the cloud to leverage the key benefits of agility and reduce overall cost. Its likely that at some point in time, your SQL Server will manifest as either of the three implementations in ... continue reading

Azure Machine Learning service now supports NVIDIA’s RAPIDS

Azure Machine Learning service is the first major cloud ML service to support NVIDIA’s RAPIDS, a suite of software libraries for accelerating traditional machine learning pipelines with NVIDIA GPUs. Just as GPUs revolutionized deep learning through unprecedented training and inferencing ... continue reading
Installing SCVMM 2019 with a Group Managed Service Account

Installing SCVMM 2019 with a Group Managed Service Account

Hello SCVMM Users, Michael Godfrey here again, Premier Field Engineer specializing in all things Private and Public Cloud including the Software Defined Datacenter. It’s here, It’s here. The time has come for a new Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release of ... continue reading
Azure Pipelines multi-cloud support and integration with DevOps tools

Azure Pipelines multi-cloud support and integration with DevOps tools

Donovan Brown and Gopi Chigakkagari discuss how to integrate Azure Pipelines with various 3rd party tools to achieve full DevOps cycle with Multi-cloud support. You can continue to use you existing tools and get Azure Pipelines benefits: application release orchestration, ... continue reading
Azure AD Mailbag: Discovering and blocking legacy authentication

Azure AD Mailbag: Discovering and blocking legacy authentication

Hey there, I am Andres Canello from the Azure AD Get-to-Production team. I'm a long time Exchange guy now working on Identity. I am very passionate about helping customers prevent password-based attacks and it is a major topic of concern ... continue reading

Join Microsoft at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference

The world of computing goes deep and wide on working on issues related to our environment, economy, energy, and public health systems. These needs require modern, advanced solutions that were traditionally limited to a few organizations, are hard to scale, ... continue reading
How to Link Azure Boards with GitHub Commits and Pull Requests

How to Link Azure Boards with GitHub Commits and Pull Requests

TL/DR: When using Azure Boards to track work items, these work items can be linked to GitHub commits and pull requests. When doing so, updates to the pull requests are also noted in the work item. Once the pull request ... continue reading
The evolution of Microsoft Threat Protection, RSA edition part 2

The evolution of Microsoft Threat Protection, RSA edition part 2

In part 1, we provided a timeline of the Microsoft Threat Protection journey to date, an overview of Microsoft Azure Sentinel (our next-gen SIEM), and details of Microsoft Threat Experts, which combines the power of human and artificial intelligence to ... continue reading
The evolution of Microsoft Threat Protection, RSA edition part 1

The evolution of Microsoft Threat Protection, RSA edition part 1

Last week, the Microsoft Security team attended the RSA conference in San Francisco, California. We made several key announcements about Microsoft Threat Protection, the solution which provides end users optimal security from the moment they log in, use email, work ... continue reading
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Maximize existing vision systems in quality assurance with Cognitive AI

Quality assurance matters to manufacturers. The reputation and bottom line of a company can be adversely affected if defective products are released. If a defect is not detected, and the flawed product is not removed early in the production process, ... continue reading
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IoT in Action: Thriving partner ecosystem key to transformation

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an ongoing journey. Three years ago, when I entered this business, the world of IoT was in its infancy. Traditional industry technology adopters understood the importance of innovation and implemented isolated solutions to address ... continue reading
Bar graph displaying data sets taken from typical cloud usage including Application Services, IoT Text Files, and System Logs

Hardware innovation for data growth challenges at cloud-scale

The Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit 2019 kicks off today in San Jose where a vibrant and growing community is sharing the latest in innovation to make hardware more efficient, flexible, and scalable. For Microsoft, our journey with OCP ... continue reading
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Achieving SQL Server HA/DR with a mix of Always On Availability Groups and SANless SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances

Introduction The topic of mixing SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) with Always On Availability Groups (AG) is pretty well documented. However, most of the available documentation documents configurations that assume the SQL Server FCI portion of the solution utilizes ... continue reading
VMware and physical - Write to Managed Disks

Simplify disaster recovery with Managed Disks for VMware and physical servers

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) now supports disaster recovery of VMware virtual machines and physical servers by directly replicating to Managed Disks. Beginning in March 2019 and moving forward, all new protections have this capability available on the Azure portal. In ... continue reading