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Execution stages of the exploit package and corresponding functionality

Detecting and mitigating elevation-of-privilege exploit for CVE-2017-0005

On March 14, 2017, Microsoft released security bulletin MS17-013 to address CVE-2017-0005, a vulnerability in the Windows Win32k component that could potentially allow elevation of privileges. A report from a trusted partner identified a zero-day exploit for this vulnerability. The ... continue reading
Introduction to Windows Server 2016 Containers

Improve Deployment Speed and Reduce Overhead with Containers in Windows Server 2016

Learn how containers work in Windows Server 2016 and how they can be used to increase deployment speed, workload density and decrease server overhead to create a more efficient IT environment.  Workload candidates and security options are also discussed to ... continue reading
Continuous Delivery to Microsoft #Azure with #Docker #Container for #DevOps #Dev #Code #Cloud

Continuous Delivery to Microsoft #Azure with #Docker #Container for #DevOps #Dev #Code #Cloud

To make it easy for you to deploy your application to Azure we’ve built a container that has the AzureCLI installed. We will set up a simple example showing you how to configure any deployment to Azure. If you don’t ... continue reading

Building a KMS Host on Windows 8

Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?C2=16796 This blog post is part of a series of posts, detailing the build process and activating capabilities of a KMS host on a particular host operating system. The operating system dictates which KMS host key (CSVLK) can ... continue reading
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Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 — No. 1: Security

This is the first blog in a five-part series. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts, which will cover cutting costs and improving performance of storage, BI, and analytics; improving uptime and reliability; reaching data insights faster by running analytics ... continue reading
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Building a KMS Host on Windows Server 2008 R2

Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?p1=14134 This blog post is part of a series of posts, detailing the build process and activating capabilities of a KMS host on a particular host operating system. The operating system dictates which KMS host key (CSVLK) can ... continue reading
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Error Adding Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 2016 LTSB Product Keys to VAMT 3.1

My name is Shannon Gowen and I am a Serviceability Support Escalation Engineer for Windows Client and Server Beta. This is a short blog describing an issue that you might see utilizing the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) with Windows ... continue reading

SQL Server Replication enhancement in SQL Server 2016

Replication is a widely-adopted feature in SQL Server to copy and distribute data and database objects from one database to another and then synchronizing between databases to maintain consistency. In SQL Server 2016, we did some enhancement in replication features ... continue reading

Step-by-Step: Deploy Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Cluster in Microsoft Azure

In this short video, we’ll walk through deploying a Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Cluster to a Microsoft Azure subscription using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Templates. [video src="http://video.ch9.ms/ch9/65a6/3eb3800b-3391-4194-8aa2-0ae0feb265a6/WS16S2DAzure_mid.mp4" /] Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) on Microsoft Azure ARM templates ... continue reading
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Tax-themed phishing and malware attacks proliferate during the tax filing season

Tax-themed scams and social engineering attacks are as certain as (death or) tax itself. Every year we see these attacks, and 2017 is no different. These attacks circulate year-round as cybercriminals take advantage of the different country and region tax ... continue reading
RUN you Own #Azure DevTest Labs in the Cloud #DevOps #Science #Linux #Containers

RUN you Own #Azure DevTest Labs in the Cloud #DevOps #Science #Linux #Containers

James TestLAB Azure DevTest Labs is a service that helps developers and testers quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost. You can test the latest version of your application by quickly provisioning Windows and Linux environments ... continue reading

SQL Server on Linux: Running jobs with SQL Server Agent

In keeping with our goal to enable SQL Server features across all platforms supported by SQL Server, Microsoft is excited to announce the preview of SQL Server Agent on Linux in SQL Server vNext Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1.4. SQL ... continue reading
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Ransomware operators are hiding malware deeper in installer packages

We are seeing a wave of new NSIS installers used in ransomware campaigns. These new installers pack significant updates, indicating a collective move by attackers to once again dodge AV detection by changing the way they package malicious code. These ... continue reading
The Fourth User Interface: How Virtual, Augmented & Mixed Reality will Change your World

The Fourth User Interface: How Virtual, Augmented & Mixed Reality will Change your World

Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality is about making computing more personal, and many companies and industries have identified this space as the next big, mainstream computing opportunity. Join Lex Thomas as he welcomes Jeremy Rule to the show, as they ... continue reading

Comparing performance of data access libraries using StackExchange/Dapper benchmark

One of the most important questions that you need to answer in your projects is what data access library you should use to access your data in SQL Server database. One of the benchmarks that you can use is StackExchange Dapper ... continue reading

New Hypervisor Top-Level Functional Specification

At the end of last week we published version 5.0 of the Hypervisor Top Level Functional Specification. This version details the state of the hypervisor in Windows Server 2016. You can download it from here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/hyper-v-on-windows/reference/tlfs Be warned – this ... continue reading
Microsoft #Containers for Application Development #Docker #Hyperv  #ACS #DevOps #Cloud

Microsoft #Containers for Application Development #Docker #Hyperv #ACS #DevOps #Cloud

From a developer’s desktop to a testing machine to a set of production machines, a Docker image can be created that will deploy identically across any environment in seconds. This story has created a massive and growing ecosystem of applications ... continue reading

Giving a Workgroup Server an FQDN

Recently I needed to be able to securely, remotely manage a set of Windows Servers that were not domain joined. One problem that I hit while setting this up was that each of the servers did not believe that they ... continue reading
Windows Server 2016 Storage Quality of Service (QoS)

Windows Server 2016 Storage will Blow Your Mind! – Part 3

The third in a three-part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this third video, we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Quality of Service features in Windows Server 2016. Windows Server ... continue reading
Windows Server 2016 Storage Quality of Service (QoS)

Windows Server 2016 Storage will Blow Your Mind! – Part 3

The third in a three-part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this third video, we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Quality of Service features in Windows Server 2016. [1:39] Let's ... continue reading
Attacker proficiency and associated techniques

Uncovering cross-process injection with Windows Defender ATP

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) is a post-breach solution that alerts security operations (SecOps) personnel about hostile activity. As the nature of attacks evolve, Windows Defender ATP must advance so that it continues to help SecOps personnel ... continue reading

Step-by-Step: Provisioning Azure ExpressRoute Private Peering with UltraPerformance VNET Gateway via new Azure CLI 2.0

The new Azure CLI 2.0 was recently released for general availability on Linux, macOS and Windows (see this article for the announcement). In this post, I’m providing a step-by-step walk-through of using the Azure CLI 2.0 to provision ExpressRoute Private ... continue reading
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What’s New in Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services

The Remote Desktop Services (RDS) platform has been refined in Windows Server 2016. In this video you will learn about the latest remote access technologies available in Windows Server 2016 as well as how performance, scale and cloud optimizations may ... continue reading
Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica

Windows Server 2016 Storage will Blow Your Mind! – Part 2

The second in a three part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this second video we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Replica features in Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 ... continue reading
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Breaking down a notably sophisticated tech support scam M.O.

(Note: Our Tech support scams FAQ page has the latest info on this type of threat, including scammer tactics, fake error messages, and the latest scammer hotlines.) The cornerstone of tech support scams is the deception that there is something ... continue reading
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(Part 2) Windows Server 2016 – Shielded Virtual Machines – Demo

In this demo we will show how Windows Server 2016 Shielded Virtual Machines work through the role of a tenant administrator that needs to host a sensitive workload. We will look at all the steps required to make a Shielded ... continue reading
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StorSimple in CSP

In February a long-awaited Azure solution - virtual StorSimple - became available for all CSP partners. Azure StorSimple is a Hybrid Storage solution from Microsoft. It can be deployed as a physical device or as a virtual appliance, and it ... continue reading
Windows Server 2016 Storage Overview

Windows Server 2016 Storage Will Blow Your Mind! – Part 1

The first in a three part series covering the amazing storage features found in Windows Server 2016. In this first video we will focus on the amazing capabilities provided by Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) features in Windows Server 2016. Windows Server ... continue reading
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Leverage Containers to test and debug Native applications on Nano Server

Today we’d like to share improvements in the test and debug workflow while developing native applications for Nano Server. The new workflow leverages Nano Server Containers and enhancements in the Visual Studio 2017 Remote Debugger to run in a Container ... continue reading
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#Microsoft OMS Service Map for Hybrid IT Management #MSOMS #Azure #Linux #HybridCloud

Service Map in #MSOMS automatically builds a common reference map of dependencies across your servers, processes, and third-party services. It discovers and maps all TCP dependencies, identifying surprise connections, remote third-party systems you depend on, and dependencies to traditional dark ... continue reading