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SMB is Dead, Long Live SMB!

Hello again, James Kehr here with another guest post. Titles are hard to do. They must convey the topic to the reader while being both interesting and informative, all at the same time. Doing this with a technical article makes ... continue reading
Azure Unblogged - Replace your file server with a serverless Azure file share!

Azure Unblogged – Replace your file server with a serverless Azure file share!

You can already extend your on-premises file servers into Azure using Azure File Sync, but now you can completely decommission those old on-premises file servers and replace them with serverless Azure file shares. With the new capabilities, the Azure Files ... continue reading
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Creating an Elastic Jobs Agent, Credentials, and Jobs for Azure SQL Database in PowerShell

Elastic Jobs are currently in public preview. The feature is ready and we are preparing to make it officially generally available. No extra steps are required to get started. Having laid the conceptual groundwork for Elastic Jobs in two previous ... continue reading
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Finally! Alert Tuning for SCOM solved

<Posting on behalf of Bruce Cullen from Cookdown> Have you ever spent hours tuning a group in SCOM, only to discover several other groups need tuning exactly the same way? Or want to migrate your existing tuning from an old ... continue reading
PowerShell Basics: How To Add A New Azure Active Directory User

PowerShell Basics: How To Add A New Azure Active Directory User

Our team has been receiving a large number of questions in the Microsoft Ignite the Tour Experts area regarding the adoption of Azure Active Directory. One question that comes up frequently is: "How do I automate the ability to add ... continue reading
Building the Totally Network Isolated Root Certification Authority

Building the Totally Network Isolated Root Certification Authority

Hello everyone, my name is Daniel Metzger and I am a Senior Premier Field Engineer for Secure Infrastructure based in Switzerland. Lately I have done quite a few Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) migrations for customers mostly because their certification authorities ... continue reading

MISA expands with new members and new product additions

Another RSA Conference (RSAC) and another big year for the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA). MISA was launched at RSAC 2018 with 26 members and a year later we had doubled in size to 53 members. Today, I am excited ... continue reading

Azure Migration Virtual Event: Best practices for Windows Server and SQL Server

Many customers impacted by end of support for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are considering migrating to the cloud. With security and compliance being key drivers, the move from on-premises infrastructure to the cloud seems more ... continue reading
Initially Isolate Tier 0 Assets with Group Policy to Start Administrative Tiering

Initially Isolate Tier 0 Assets with Group Policy to Start Administrative Tiering

Hello everyone, my name is Daniel Metzger and I am a Senior Premier Field Engineer for Secure Infrastructure based in Switzerland. In this post, I am going to show you how to use a minimal set of Group Policy objects ... continue reading
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A Journey to Holistic Cloud Protection with the Microsoft 365 Security Stack Part 2 – Identity

Welcome to part two of “A Journey to Holistic Cloud Protection with the Microsoft 365 Security Stack. For those wanting to checkout part one which was the overview please click here. For our first stop on the journey to holistic ... continue reading
High-level Architecture of used Azure components for 4K encoding in the Azure cloud.

Burst 4K encoding on Azure Kubernetes Service

Content creation has never been as in demand as it is today. Both professional and user-generated content has increased exponentially over the past years. This puts a lot of stress on media encoding and transcoding platforms. Add the upcoming 4K ... continue reading

Azure Sphere—Microsoft’s answer to escalating IoT threats—reaches general availability

Today Azure Sphere—Microsoft’s integrated security solution for IoT devices and equipment—is widely available for the development and deployment of secure, connected devices. Azure Sphere’s general availability milestone couldn’t be timelier. From consumer device hacking and botnets to nation state driven ... continue reading
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10K Request per Second: REST API with Azure SQL, Dapper and JSON

In the previous article I described how easy is to create a REST API with Python and Azure SQL. But what about .NET? Would that be as easy as well? Absolutely yes: the native support to JSON offered by Azure ... continue reading
Be Aware, Azure Security Center CSV Reports is Now Generally Available!

Be Aware, Azure Security Center CSV Reports is Now Generally Available!

Hello Security universe, Today I came across an interesting news directly from the Product Group. After quite some time, one of the most-asked/wanted feature request by customers on Azure Security Center (ASC) was completed and finally released. Yes, this feature ... continue reading
Az Update: Cloud Shell running PS7 and Scopes for ARM Templates

Az Update: Cloud Shell running PS7 and Scopes for ARM Templates

With all the changes in Azure, it is sometimes hard to keep track, that why I thought I will give you a quick update on two exiting things I learned this week. I will show you that Azure Cloud Shell ... continue reading

How to use Jupyter Notebooks in Azure Data Studio

Vicky Harp joins Scott Hanselman to show how Azure Data Studio combined the simple and robust SQL query editing experience of tools like SSMS with the flexibility and collaboration of Jupyter Notebooks. The November 2019 release of Azure Data Studio ... continue reading

How to use HTTP overrides on Azure CDN from Microsoft

Sohamn Chatterjee joins Scott Hanselman to show how to customize HTTP requests including header override, URL redirects/rewrites, and change caching policies using the rules engine for Azure CDN from Microsoft. You can add combinations of match conditions and actions per ... continue reading
What is a strong key protection in Windows?

What is a strong key protection in Windows?

First published on TECHNET on Jun 16, 2009 Strong key protection is one of the most misunderstood features in Windows security. In this post I will attempt to demystify it. I will also try to address some of the misconceptions ... continue reading
Populate Subject Name for Offline Templates on Renew

Populate Subject Name for Offline Templates on Renew

First published on TECHNET on Aug 21, 2009 Offline templates are certificate templates that require the subject name to be part of the certificate request. The certificate authority will use the subject name supplied in the request as the subject ... continue reading

Active Directory Certificate Services Features by SKU

First published on TECHNET on Sep 02, 2009 We’ve had many requests for what services and features are available in what Windows Server version and SKU. The TechNet Wiki article Active Directory Certificate Services Overview has this information under Features ... continue reading

Certificate Enrollment Web Services Whitepaper

First published on TECHNET on Sep 14, 2009 The Windows Server 2008 R2 Certificate Enrollment Web Services Whitepaper has been posted to the download center: you can download it here . This is just the initial document release for RTM ... continue reading

Automated CA installs using VB script on Windows Server 2008 and 2008R2 [UPDATED]

First published on TECHNET on Sep 18, 2009 Starting with Windows Server 2008 the CA product team introduced a set of COM objects that can be used to control the installation of CAs. Using VBScript you can quickly automate the ... continue reading

Using VBScript to install CA on WS2008R2 server core

First published on TECHNET on Sep 18, 2009 In my previous post I provided a script used for setup and installation of a CA using VBScript. The same script is capable of installing a CA on server core, where there ... continue reading

Introducing Certificate Template API

First published on TECHNET on Sep 25, 2009 WARNING: USE OF THE SAMPLE CODE PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Microsoft provides this sample code "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including ... continue reading

BranchCache Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

First published on TECHNET on Oct 06, 2009 A new deployment guide was published on Windows7 BranchCache. It covers the PKI requirements for this feature along with other deployment procedures. The full guide can be found here: BranchCache Deployment Guide ... continue reading

Certificate Validation on Windows XP with Entrust SSP Issued HSPD-12 Certificates

First published on TECHNET on Oct 22, 2009 On May 9th, 2009 Entrust Managed Services (provider of HSPD-12 certificates) performed a key update ceremony on the Entrust Managed Services Root and SSP certification authorities. HSPD-12 certificates issued after May 9th, ... continue reading

Server 2008 R2 ADCS Migration Guide Beta

First published on TECHNET on Dec 21, 2009 The beta version of the new 2008 R2 ADCS Migration Guide is now available at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee126140(WS.10).aspx . The guide describes the necessary steps for a successful migration of enterprise or standalone CAs ... continue reading

Windows CA Performance Numbers

First published on TECHNET on Jan 11, 2010 Below are some numbers we have measured when testing the Windows CA in our lab environment. Note that the numbers will change and depends on many factors (network topology, request types, other ... continue reading
CA manager approval required for certificate re-enrollment

CA manager approval required for certificate re-enrollment

First published on TECHNET on Mar 08, 2011 Hi there, this is Larry, Developer from US, and Fabian, PFE from Germany, writing about an uncommon scenario that might raise questions sometimes. When enrolling certificates to clients or users, you might ... continue reading
Constraints: what they are and how they’re used

Constraints: what they are and how they’re used

First published on TECHNET on Mar 05, 2014Hey everyone this is Wes Hammond from Premier Field Engineering and I wanted to share with you some info that I have gathered about setting up constraints. Constraints are used to restrict certificate ... continue reading