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Running Open Source Workloads with Windows Server 2016

Embracing Open Source Workloads with Windows Server 2016

You may be surprised to learn that Microsoft has embraced open source in Windows Server 2016 and across applications and development tools. Watch this video learn how you can work with Linux and other Open Source platforms and applications with ... continue reading
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Partnering with the AV ecosystem to protect our Windows 10 customers

On Friday May 12th, and for several days afterwards, more than a quarter-million computers around the world fell victim to the ransomware known as WannaCrypt or WannaCry. As that recent event has shown, malicious actors bring nearly boundless time and ... continue reading

TLS 1.2 support at Microsoft

This post is authored by Andrew Marshall, Principal Security Program Manager, Trustworthy Computing Security. In support of our commitment to use best-in-class encryption, Microsoft’s engineering teams are continually upgrading our cryptographic infrastructure. A current area of focus for us is ... continue reading

Predictions for 2017 and Beyond: A look into what’s driving the future of technology with Microsoft CTO of Services, Norm Judah

Lex Thomas welcomes back Microsoft Services CTO Norm Judah to the show for their annual discussion around the Future of Technology. Tune in as they check in to see where they stand on last year’s predictions as well as review ... continue reading
Using Computer Name Aliases in place of DNS CNAME Records

Using Computer Name Aliases in place of DNS CNAME Records

Hi everyone. Graeme Bray here with an article around using Computer Name Aliases instead of DNS CName records. In the past, we used to set the registry key DisableStrictNameChecking to be able to add a DNS alias to connect via ... continue reading
Analysis of the Shadow Brokers release and mitigation with Windows 10 virtualization-based security

Analysis of the Shadow Brokers release and mitigation with Windows 10 virtualization-based security

On April 14, a group calling themselves the Shadow Brokers caught the attention of the security community by releasing a set of weaponized exploits. Shortly thereafter, one of these exploits was used to create wormable malware that we now know ... continue reading
Single map of all the servers in your service

Service Map Machine Groups

With the general availability of Service Map, you were able to automatically discover and build a common reference map of dependencies across servers, processes, and services from partners in real-time. It helped you expedite pinpointing issues by visualizing dependencies of ... continue reading
Dropping the “Untrusted Font Blocking” setting

Dropping the “Untrusted Font Blocking” setting

With the Windows 10 v1703 security configuration baseline, Microsoft is removing the recommendation to enable the “Untrusted Font Blocking” Group Policy setting in Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | System | Mitigation Options. Windows 10 includes additional mitigations that make ... continue reading
Migrating Datacenter to Azure - Part 2

Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part 2

This post provides an overview of key technical considerations, actionable recommendations and common pitfalls related to migration of workloads from an on-premises datacenter to Microsoft Azure. The business related considerations were addressed within the Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part ... continue reading
Migration Datacenter to Azure – Part 2

Migration Datacenter to Azure – Part 2

This post provides an overview of key technical considerations, actionable recommendations and common pitfalls related to migration of workloads from an on-premises datacenter to Microsoft Azure. The business related considerations were addressed within the Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part 1 ... continue reading

Deploy Windows from USB drive to Surface Studio

Hi, my name is Scott McArthur and I am Supportability Program Manager in Surface. Today I am going discuss two scenarios involving deploying Windows 10 to Surface Studio. Today if you don’t follow the steps outlined below you will see ... continue reading
Deploy Surface Studio using MDT

Deploy Surface Studio using MDT

Hi, my name is Scott McArthur and I am Supportability Program Manager in Surface. Today I am going to walk through deploying Windows 10 Enterprise Version 1703(Creators Update) to a Surface Studio using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 8443. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit ... continue reading
“Helping ARM” – Azure Resource Manager step-by-step training

“Helping ARM” – Azure Resource Manager step-by-step training

Talking to service providers in CEE it seems that Azure Resource Manager - ARM - the JSON based template language is something everybody interested. Why? There are several reasons for that. ARM is the bridge between awaited Azure Stack and ... continue reading
Azure SQL databases in logical servers, elastic pools, and managed instances

Azure SQL databases in logical servers, elastic pools, and managed instances

Azure SQL Database is a Database as a Platform service designed for applications that will use database as self-contained service. Databases can be grouped together to simplify management options or share the resources. There are different options that can be ... continue reading
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Getting VM Memory Usage and Demand Programmatically

A couple of people have recently asked me how to get virtual machine memory usage and memory demand programmatically.  What I am referring to is the information that we display here in Hyper-V Manager: I have blogged about this in ... continue reading
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ConfigMgr 1702: The case of unexplained – Client Peer cache not getting disabled even after disabling it via Client Settings

Hi Folks, I am back with the unexplained series. Today being the discussion on the new feature called Client Peer Cache introduced in ConfigMgr 1610. Even though the issue in the blog talks about Client Peer Cache still in use ... continue reading
Learning #IoT Coding with #Fritzing Emulator is Cool for #Education

Learning #IoT Coding with #Fritzing Emulator is Cool for #Education

Fritzing is an open-source hardware initiative that makes electronics accessible as a creative material for anyone. They offer a software tool, a community website and services in the spirit of Processing and Arduino, fostering a creative ecosystem that allows users to ... continue reading

Getting Started with PowerShell Core on Windows, Mac, and Linux

Today we have a guest post from Honorary Script Guy and Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Ashley McGlone, also known as GoateePFE. This is deeper than Coke vs. Pepsi or Ford vs. Chevy. We are breaking down the barriers. Cats and ... continue reading
Windows 10 Creators Update provides next-gen ransomware protection

Windows 10 Creators Update provides next-gen ransomware protection

Multiple high-profile incidents have demonstrated that ransomware can have catastrophic effects on all of us. From personally losing access to your own digital property, to being impacted because critical infrastructure or health care services are unexpectedly unavailable for extended periods ... continue reading
Migrating Datacenter to Azure - Part 1

Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part 1

Quite a while back a Managed Service Provider partner (hereafter referred to as "the MSP") approached Microsoft regarding migrating one of their datacenter facilities to Azure. The MSP is an experienced managed service provider providing Dynamics ERP, ISV solutions focused ... continue reading
Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part 1

Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part 1

Quite  a while back a Managed Service Provider partner (hereafter referred to as “the MSP”) approached Microsoft regarding migrating one of their datacenter facilities to Azure. The MSP is an experienced managed service provider providing Dynamics ERP, ISV solutions focused ... continue reading
What in the World Happened to my DNAME Resolution!!??

What in the World Happened to my DNAME Resolution!!??

Hello world; Brandon Wilson here, with a special thanks to Tony Gaston in our support wing, here to talk to you briefly about changes in DNAME resolution for Windows Server 2012 R2 that were introduced in KB3133954. More specifically, if ... continue reading
Three basic security hygiene tips from Microsoft’s Identity Team

Three basic security hygiene tips from Microsoft’s Identity Team

This post is authored by Alex Weinert from the Identity Division’s Security and Protection Team. Hey there! I want to share three basic hygiene tips for account protection that every organization should consider. Applying these will go a long way ... continue reading
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Azure Site Recovery between #Azure regions #IaaS not for Managed Disks and Server 2016 #Cloud #Winserv #legacy

You can migrate Azure VMs between regions using Site Recovery. In other words, you can replicate the Azure VMs and fail them over to another region. In this blog we set up a Recovery Services vault, deploy an Azure configuration ... continue reading
Identity and Rights Management in CSP model – Part 2

Identity and Rights Management in CSP model – Part 2

The CSP program is currently rolling out at scale and many service providers are embarking on the journey to provide management infrastructure services for their customers. In addition to the first article about Identity in CSP, we will show more ... continue reading

SMB1 Product Clearinghouse

Hi folks, Ned here again. This blog post contains all products requiring SMB1, where the vendor explicitly states this in their own documentation or communications. This list is not complete and you should never treat it as complete; check back ... continue reading
Work Folders updates for Windows 10 version 1703, Android and iOS

Work Folders updates for Windows 10 version 1703, Android and iOS

We’re excited to announce several improvements to the Work Folders clients for Windows 10 version 1703, Android and iOS: Remote users can securely access their files on the Work Folders server using Azure Active Directory Application Proxy Improved single sign ... continue reading
Enable remote access to Work Folders using Azure Active Directory Application Proxy

Enable remote access to Work Folders using Azure Active Directory Application Proxy

We’re excited to announce Work Folders now supports using Azure Active Directory Application Proxy to enable remote users to securely access their files on the Work Folders server. Work Folders supports using VPN, Web Application Proxy (WAP) or a third-party ... continue reading
(Part 3) DevOps with Containers: How to Leverage Container virtualization technology for a Better DevOps Experience

(Part 3) DevOps with Containers: How to Leverage Container virtualization technology for a Better DevOps Experience

Container virtualization technology and tools have enabled a variety of organizations, large or small, to accelerate their application delivery cycle. The traditional application development process is to write code, debug code in a local development environment, check-in code, and wait ... continue reading

Use WITH clause in OPENJSON to improve parsing performance

OPENJSON function has a WITH clause where you can specify what fields should be extracted from input JSON. This might improve performance of your queries compared to the case where you use OPENJSON without schema and later extract information from ... continue reading