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PowerShell in Windows Server 2016

PowerShell in Windows Server 2016

Learn how PowerShell in Windows Server 2016 includes significant new features that extend its use, improve its usability, and allow you to control and manage Windows-based environments more easily and comprehensively ... continue reading
Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016

Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016

In previous OS versions, the RD Connection Broker required a dedicated SQL Server cluster using Windows authentication for high availability. Learn how in Windows Server 2016, Azure SQL Database using SQL authentication is supported ... continue reading
Remote Desktop Services graphics performance in Windows Server 2016

Remote Desktop Services graphics performance in Windows Server 2016

Learn how RemoteFX vGPU provides a rich desktop remoting experience with Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services enabling multiple VM's to share the same physical GPU for graphics acceleration ... continue reading
Server Management Tools and Windows Server 2016

Server Management Tools and Windows Server 2016

Learn about this new web-based GUI management tool that is hosted in Azure and available for no charge. Especially useful when managing headless servers such as Nano Server and Server Core, it can be used to manage on-premises infrastructure alongside ... continue reading
Software-defined Networking Load Balancer in Windows Server 2016

Software-defined Networking Load Balancer in Windows Server 2016

Learn how Microsoft is bringing the Azure Load Balancer to the new Software-defined Networking capabilities in Windows Server 2016 ... continue reading
SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016 - Better Together

SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016 – Better Together

Always better together, learn how SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016 work to bring the best in performance and reliability ... continue reading
Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016

Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016

Learn how Storage Replica, a new fault tolerant feature in Windows Server 2016, protects your data in stretch clusters, server-to-server, and cluster-to-cluster scenarios ... continue reading

Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016

Learn how Storage Spaces Direct enables organizations to use industry standard servers with local storage to build highly available and scalable software defined storage ... continue reading

Performance data collection on Nano Server

Event tracing and Performance Counters in Windows are powerful mechanisms to debug failures, understand system behavior and improve performance. Nano Server fully supports the Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) framework, but some familiar tools used to manage tracing and performance ... continue reading
Shielded Virtual Machines in Windows Server 2016

Shielded Virtual Machines in Windows Server 2016

Learn how to ensure your Virtual Machines are always protected and encrypted when running on Windows Server 2016 hosts ... continue reading
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Monitoring Service Manager with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, along with the Service Manager management packs, provides an excellent monitoring platform for Service Manager. Many important pieces that are vital to Service Manager health can be monitored, including: Checking SQL Server to be sure ... continue reading

Removing a Service Manager WorkItem using native PowerShell cmdlets and confirming what happens to the user relationship

Hi everyone, this is Austin Mack from the Microsoft Service Manager support team. Recently I was asked how to remove a Service Manager WorkItem (Incident, Service Request, Change Request, Release Record, Problem). I was also asked to verify that the ... continue reading

Taking backup of encrypted Azure VMs with ADE (Azure Disk Encryption) using Azure Backup in OMS

We see customers migrating or deploying workloads on Azure have started encrypting their virtual machines using ADE (Azure Disk Encryption) and looking for a backup solution that supports protecting those encrypted VMs in a simple and cost effctive manner. We ... continue reading
New-VMGroup

How To use Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V VMGroups #winserv #Cloud #Hyperv #Windowsserver2016

Suppose you have some Hyper-v Machine’s and running Azure Stack and the VM’s have all follow up codes and there are say 1000 DC and 2000 File servers etc this is a hard time to manage. So there for in ... continue reading
Update Drive Firmware Without Downtime in Storage Spaces Direct

Update Drive Firmware Without Downtime in Storage Spaces Direct

Join Technical Evangelist Matt McSpirit, along with Program Managers Tobias Klima and Cosmos Darwin from the Windows team, as they demo rolling out new drive firmware across Storage Spaces Direct cluster nodes with NO workload downtime, NO active management, and ... continue reading
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Configuring cloud witness in Windows Server 2016 Cluster Azure Files #cloud #azure #winserv

Cloud Witness is a new type of Failover Cluster quorum witness being introduced in Windows Server 2016. But you will need an Azure Subscription to use this unless you are using your own private cloud to use a file share ... continue reading
Sample email lures potential Certor victim shows as it pretends to be a document (.docx file) from a legitimate company

Double-click me not: Malicious proxy settings in OLE Embedded Script

Attackers have been using social engineering to avoid the increasing costs of exploitation due to the significant hardening and exploit mitigations investments in Windows. Tricking a user into running a malicious file or malware can be cheaper for an attacker ... continue reading
OMS Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

OMS Network Performance Monitor #MSOMS #NPM #Azure

When Using OMS you can benefit of the Network Performance Monitor (NPM), that helps you perform near real-time monitoring of network performance parameters (such as packet loss and network latency) and localize network faults. It not only detects network performance ... continue reading
server management tools

Azure Server management tools Manage your servers from anywhere #servermgmt #Azure #SMT

Server management tools is an Azure service that offers a set of web-based GUI and command line tools to manage Windows Servers. This is especially useful when managing headless servers such as Nano Server and Server Core. These tools also ... continue reading
Fault Domain Awareness in WS2016 - Part 4: Location, Description

Fault Domain Awareness in WS2016 – Part 4: Location, Description

Rack outage? Storage Spaces Direct doesn't sweat it. Find out how. Failover Clustering enables multiple servers to work together to provide high availability – or put another way, to provide node fault tolerance. But today's businesses demand ever-greater availability from ... continue reading
Fault Domain Awareness in WS2016 - Part 3: Using XML

Fault Domain Awareness in WS2016 – Part 3: Using XML

Rack outage? Storage Spaces Direct doesn't sweat it. Find out how. Failover Clustering enables multiple servers to work together to provide high availability – or put another way, to provide node fault tolerance. But today's businesses demand ever-greater availability from ... continue reading
Fault Domain Awareness in WS2016 - Part 2: Using PowerShell

Fault Domain Awareness in WS2016 – Part 2: Using PowerShell

Rack outage? Storage Spaces Direct doesn't sweat it. Find out how. Failover Clustering enables multiple servers to work together to provide high availability – or put another way, to provide node fault tolerance. But today's businesses demand ever-greater availability from ... continue reading
Fault Domain Awareness in WS2016 - Part 1: Overview

Fault Domain Awareness in WS2016 – Part 1: Overview

Rack outage? Storage Spaces Direct doesn't sweat it. Find out how. Failover Clustering enables multiple servers to work together to provide high availability – or put another way, to provide node fault tolerance. But today's businesses demand ever-greater availability from ... continue reading
Hyper-Converged Stack

Deploying Storage Spaces Direct with VMM 2016 or with Powershell #Cloud #hyperconverged #SysCtr #S2D

Windows Server 2016 comes with al lot of new options and Hyper-converged is one of the new options. In this blog post I’ll show you what options you have when using VMM and S2D. The tools are great but so ... continue reading
PowerShell on Linux and Open Source

PowerShell on Linux and Open Source

Continuing the commitment to enable an open and flexible platform that meets customers where they are, Microsoft has now open sourced PowerShell and made it available on Linux and macOS. Matt McSpirit, Technical Evangelist is joined by Jeffrey Snover, inventor ... continue reading
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System Center 2016 VMM Place template VM in Custom OU #sysctr #Cloud #Deploy #VM

when using VMM and deploying templates you not always want to place them in the default OU computers But instead you want the Template Server 2016 places in OU TP5 and Hyper-V server directly placed in the OU Hyper-v. Default ... continue reading
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How to Leverage the Azure Security Center & Microsoft Operations Management Suite for an Incident Response

Join Lex Thomas and Yuri Diogenes as they discuss how you can leverage both the Azure Security Center and Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) to better manage cybersecurity threats in both the cloud and hybrid cloud environments.[2:10] Why are some ... continue reading
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AppLocker: Another Layer in the Defense in Depth Against Malware

Ransomware has been getting a lot of attention. There have been several high profile attacks in the press over the past few months and Understanding the Risk is important. If people don't understand the risk, changes won't be made. To ... continue reading

Deploying Nano Server to a Bare-Metal Machine using a WIM and WinPE

There are several ways to deploy Nano Server to a physical machine: Dual-boot a Nano Server vhd or vhdx PxE-boot a bare-metal machine and install Nano Server from WDS using a vhd or vhdx PxE-boot a bare-metal machine and install ... continue reading
Demo: Deploy and personalize the new Self Service Portal in System Center 2016 Service Manager

Demo: Deploy and personalize the new Self Service Portal in System Center 2016 Service Manager

This short video tutorial gives a walkthrough of how to install the new HTML Self Service Portal in System Center 2016 Service Manager, and then how to personalize it. More ResourcesRead more about this from hereRead more about What's new ... continue reading