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Microsoft Cost Management updates—January 2023

Whether you're a new student, a thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints and you need to know what you're spending, where it’s being spent, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when ... continue reading
Deploying 100s of Production Clusters in minutes!

Deploying 100s of Production Clusters in minutes!

You're an Azure Stack HCI Administrator and you've worked tirelessly to test your clusters and get them ready for production; you've filled out the necessary paperwork, you've gotten sign-off from all the stakeholders; and now it's time to implement your ... continue reading

Mastering the (steppable) pipeline

Before stepping into the steppable pipeline, it is essential that you have a good understanding of how and when exactly items are processed by a cmdlet in the pipeline. The PowerShell pipeline might just look like syntactical sugar but it ... continue reading
Combatting Risky Sign-ins in Azure Active Directory

Combatting Risky Sign-ins in Azure Active Directory

It is almost inevitable your organization will be targeted with malicious sign-in attempts to cloud apps. It is often the case an employee uses the same password for their work account as they do for their personal accounts. Password leaks ... continue reading
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Automating Cumbersome Tasks – Disk Snapshots!

With cost optimization being at the forefront of many conversations, organizations as well as individuals are constantly seeking new ways to optimize their Azure environment from an operational lens, remove the attack surface area and subsequently their spend in an ... continue reading
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Lessons learned optimizing Microsoft’s internal use of Azure

At Microsoft, we learned a lot from moving our internal operations to Microsoft Azure, lessons we use to make our cloud products work better for our customers. As a top user of Azure, we understand our customers’ obstacles and constraints ... continue reading
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2023 identity security trends and solutions from Microsoft

Welcome to 2023! I wanted to kick this year off by having a quick look at the trends in identity security, what you can do about it, and what Microsoft is doing to help you. One of the things we ... continue reading
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Introducing kernel sanitizers on Microsoft platforms

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to continuously raise security baselines, we have been introducing innovations to the foundation of the chip-to-cloud security outlined in the Windows 11 Security Book. Strong foundational security enables us to build defenses from the ground ... continue reading
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How To Automate The Hybrid World Part Two Of Two

Hi, Jonas here! Or as we say in the north of Germany: "Moin Moin!"I’m a Microsoft Senior Cloud Solution Architect – Engineering (or short Sr. CSA-E) and in this article I want to talk about how to automate the hybrid world. Over ... continue reading
Azure Policies for Automating Azure Governance - Choosing Policies

Azure Policies for Automating Azure Governance – Choosing Policies

Time and time again, many people get that go ahead for cloud but don't want to unleash everyone into the environment.  This is with good understanding.  Without policies and governance in place, cloud spend can go unmonitored or resources deployed ... continue reading
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Azure Data Studio 1.41 release

We are less than one month into 2023 and already have a new release of Azure Data Studio to shareintroducing 1.41! With this release, we migrated to a new authentication library, made improvements based on user requests and feedback, and ... continue reading
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Offline Files survey and feedback

Heya folks, Ned here again. I just published a survey for IT Pros on Offline Files (aka "Client-side Caching", aka "CSC"). It's just 5 minutes of your time, totally anonymous, and should help us make your life easier someday. Your feedback is invaluable ... continue reading
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Microsoft Security reaches another milestone—Comprehensive, customer-centric solutions drive results

Yesterday, we shared some exciting news about the momentum we’re seeing in the security industry. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella announced that Microsoft Security has surpassed USD20 billion in revenue. I’m grateful to all our customers and partners who ... continue reading
What's New in Azure Networking – January 2023 edition

What’s New in Azure Networking – January 2023 edition

Hello Folks, As @Michael mentioned last month Azure Networking is the foundation of your infrastructure in Azure. So, we’re happy to bring you a monthly update on What’s new in Azure Networking. In this blog post, we’ll cover what new with Azure ... continue reading

Cloud to Edge for efficient, agile, and sustainable retail

Persistent volatility in the retail market is forcing businesses to re-evaluate how they address key challenges. Prebuilt, edge-to-cloud, retail-specific technology solutions can help retailers increase the value of their data, empower store associates, elevate customer shopping experiences, and enable real-time ... continue reading
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Azure Native New Relic Service: Full stack observability in minutes

Digital transformation across organizations has led to workloads shifting to multicloud and hybrid-cloud environments. Modern organizations are increasingly adopting cloud-native technologies including containers, microservices, serverless, and more. With the growing complexity of distributed applications deployed on a cloud-native landscape, can ... continue reading
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Azure Native New Relic Service: Full stack observability in minutes

Digital transformation across organizations has led to workloads shifting to multicloud and hybrid-cloud environments. Modern organizations are increasingly adopting cloud-native technologies including containers, microservices, serverless, and more. With the growing complexity of distributed applications deployed on a cloud-native landscape, can ... continue reading
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Microsoft Security innovations from 2022 to help you create a safer world today

The start of a new year is always a great time for reflection—to be grateful for all we have and the progress security teams have made as well as look ahead to how we can reshape the security landscape. I ... continue reading
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How to use Get-Credential with Windows containers

The idea on this blog post came from an issue opened by an user on the Windows Containers GitHub Repo. I thought the problem faced by the user should be common enough that others might be interested in a solution ... continue reading

PowerShell/OpenSSH Team Investments for 2023

For , the team had set out lots of objectives and I’m happy to say we accomplished most of them! This year, we’re continuing on improving quality and also adding new features across our portfolio based on feedback from the ... continue reading

Digital event highlights new features in Microsoft Purview

Keeping your company and customer data secure has never been more complex. With multiple clouds, legacy on-premises systems, and numerous devices, it can be hard to keep track of what data you have and where it lives. On top of ... continue reading
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How To Automate The Hybrid World Part One Of Two

Hi, Jonas here! Or as we say in the north of Germany: "Moin Moin!"I’m a Microsoft Senior Cloud Solution Architect – Engineering (or short Sr. CSA-E) and in this article I want to talk about how to automate the hybrid world. Over ... continue reading
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Azure Native Qumulo Scalable File Service provides seamless, secure data storage

The amount of data created and consumed is expected to grow exponentially over the next decade. This proliferation has radically changed enterprise data storage requirements. Today, enterprises are in search of storage solutions with unlimited capacity and performance scaling capabilities ... continue reading

From Teams to PowerPoint: 10 ways Azure AI enhances the Microsoft Apps we use everyday

Azure AI is driving innovation and improving experiences for employees, users, and customers in a variety of ways, from increasing workday productivity to promoting inclusion and accessibility. The success of Azure AI—featuring Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Machine Learning, and Azure OpenAI ... continue reading
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PowerShell Extension for Visual Studio Code January 2023 Update

We are excited to announce that the January update to the PowerShell Extension for Visual Studio Code is now available on the extension marketplace. This first stable release for the new year includes a multitude of fixes for the debugger! ... continue reading
Azure Stack HCI: What's new for Software Defined Networking (SDN) with WAC v2211

Azure Stack HCI: What’s new for Software Defined Networking (SDN) with WAC v2211

A warm 2023 “Hello” to our Customers and Partners! Today is an exciting day as we share with each of you the extensive new features and improvements for SDN in Windows Admin Center 2211 (WAC)!  We cannot thank you enough ... continue reading
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Capturing MDE Client Analyzer Results to Azure Log Analytics Workspace

Hello readers!   This is an update from Todd Linke and Curtis Ricard, both Cloud Solution Architects, based in the United States.    We’re excited to write this post because we (well…mostly Todd) wrote a script that was helpful in ... continue reading
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Secure your business like you secure your home: 5 steps to protect against cybercrime

Running a business requires a lot of determination and sometimes a leap of faith. Every day brings a new challenge, and many times it can feel like the stress and uncertainty are too much. That’s when you remind yourself why ... continue reading
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What’s new in Azure Data & AI: Empowering retailers to streamline operations and accelerate time to value

The new year brings opportunity for thoughtful reflection about the past year, both personally and professionally. 2022 was a year of firsts for me—first time having clam chowder at Pike Place Market as a local, first time going shopping for ... continue reading
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Public and private AKS clusters demystified

Introduction  Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is the managed kubernetes service in Azure. It has two main components: worker nodes and control plane. The worker nodes are the VMs where customer applications will be deployed into. The control plane is the component that ... continue reading