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Appreciating the Windows Server 2016 Desktop Experience

We’ve talked a lot about Nano Server in this blog, but we know many customers will still appreciate the full desktop experience on Windows Server. Here’s what you get when you install that option and why you would want to ... continue reading
Time Improvements in Windows Server 2016

Time Improvements in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 time accuracy has been improved. These updates are targeted to meet accuracy regulations in the US and EU. Learn about the improvements and how to achieve this benefit in your environment.For more detailed information see http://aka.ms/WS2016Time ... continue reading
MSS settings in Security Options

The MSS settings

You can download the custom Administrative Template for the “MSS (Legacy)” settings here: MSS-legacy. Note that it is available only for “en-us” (US English). Explanation: Many years ago, before the advent of Trustworthy Computing, some Microsoft security experts identified about ... continue reading
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Windows Server 2016: Credential Theft Mitigation Features

Lex Thomas welcomes back Brantley Whitley to the show as they discuss the new Credential Theft Mitigation Features found in Windows Server 2016. Learn how you can use the new Active Directory Domain Services features to improve your organization’s ability ... continue reading
Cluster OS Rolling Upgrades in Windows Server 2016

Cluster OS Rolling Upgrades in Windows Server 2016

Learn about Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade, a new feature in Windows Server 2016 that enables an administrator to seamlessly upgrade the operating system of the nodes in a Failover Cluster from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016 ... continue reading
Containers in Windows Server 2016

Containers in Windows Server 2016

Learn how Windows containers provide greater isolation enabling many isolated applications to run on one computer system. They build fast and are highly scalable and portable ... continue reading
Credential Guard and Remote Guard in Windows Server 2016

Credential Guard and Remote Guard in Windows Server 2016

Learn how Credential Guard helps prevent pass the hash attacks by utilizing virtualization-based security to protect credentials on the system from being stolen by a compromised administrator or malware ... continue reading
Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2016

Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2016

Learn how Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2016 can provide volume space savings of up to 90% to reduce capacity needs and reduce costs while providing scalability of volumes up to 64TB and file sizes up to 1TB with no ... continue reading
Device Guard in Windows Server 2016

Device Guard in Windows Server 2016

See how Device Guard uses Virtualization Based Security to ensure that only allowed binaries can be run on the system. If the app or driver isn't trusted, it can't run ... continue reading
Just Enough and Just in Time Administration in Windows Server 2016

Just Enough and Just in Time Administration in Windows Server 2016

Just Enough and Just in Time Administration allows organizations to only give administration credentials when needed for a finite time ... continue reading
Nano Server installation option in Windows Server 2016

Nano Server installation option in Windows Server 2016

Nano Server is a new headless, 64-bit only installation option that installs "just enough OS", resulting in a dramatically smaller footprint that results in more uptime and a smaller attack service ... continue reading
OMS Integration and Auditing with Windows Server 2016

OMS Integration and Auditing with Windows Server 2016

Knowing what is happening at all times is paramount in enterprise IT. Learn about the new auditing features of WS16 and how it integrates with Operations Management Suite ... continue reading
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
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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
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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