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Native database backup in Azure SQL Managed Instance

Azure SQL Managed Instance is a new fully managed PaaS offering in Azure cloud that will be publicly available in the near future. It will expose entire SQL Server Instance, support almost all features available in SQL Server 2017 and ... continue reading
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Windows PowerShell and DSC on Linux in Microsoft Azure

Hello everyone! I’m Preston K. Parsard, Platforms PFE and I’d like to talk about running PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC) on Linux in Microsoft Azure. Just in case you haven’t heard yet, PowerShell has been open sourced and released ... continue reading

Polaris – simple Microservices using only PowerShell

Polaris is a cross-platform, minimalist web framework for PowerShell Core 6. With 6 lines of code, you have your very own webserver running and ready to accept requests – all within PowerShell: New-GetRoute -Path "/json" -ScriptBlock { param($request,$response); $json = ... continue reading
Privileged Access Workstation (PAW)

Privileged Access Workstation (PAW)

At Ignite conference last month, Dean and I presented a session on PAW. Originally we were planning to just talk about the concept of PAW and how it is deployed in Microsoft. A week before the conference, we decide to ... continue reading

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
Easily create securely configured virtual machines

Easily create securely configured virtual machines

This blog post is authored by Jonathan Trull, Cheif Security Advisor, Enterprise Cybersecurity Group. While a securely configured operating system is essential to repelling todays cyber attacks, the base images provided by vendors do not come pre-hardened and require significant ... continue reading
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Using ConfigMgr With Windows 10 WUfB Deferral Policies

Important: Configuration Manager current branch version 1706 is needed for any ConfigMgr environment using WUfB deferral policies. ConfigMgr client version 1702 will periodically delete all WUfB deferral policies, if configured. This could lead to unintended results. As you are probably ... continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions About HGS Certificates

The Host Guardian Service uses public key cryptography extensively to protect shielded VMs from attackers. Any time certificates with public-private key pairs come into play, there are bound to be many questions about how to properly set up and protect ... continue reading
Windows Server 2016 Essentials Azure Active Directory Integration Demo

Windows Server 2016 Essentials Azure Active Directory Integration Demo

In this second of two videos, we will show you how to connect your on-premises active directory to your cloud active directory to achieve single sign-in to thousands of web applications ... continue reading
Windows Server 2016 Essentials Azure Active Directory Integration Overview

Windows Server 2016 Essentials Azure Active Directory Integration Overview

Connect your on-premises active directory to your cloud active directory to achieve single sign-in to thousands of web applications. In this first of two videos, we will cover how this works, additional benefits and considerations. In the second video, we ... continue reading
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Azure Log Analytics Container Monitoring solution for Linux Service Fabric

Hello all, this is Keiko, Program Manager from the Log Analytics team. We are excited to extend our monitoring capabilities to Service Fabric containers running on Linux servers. Service Fabric on Linux as a container orchestrator is now generally available ... continue reading
The Threat of Ransomware: How to Protect Your System from Ransomware and other Malicious Cyber Attacks

The Threat of Ransomware: How to Protect Your System from Ransomware and other Malicious Cyber Attacks

Ransomware is a type of malware that holds computers or files for ransom by encrypting files or locking the desktop or browser on systems that are infected with it, then demanding a ransom in order to regain access. The rise ... continue reading

DHCP 2016 and 2012 R2 Management Pack release

We are listening to customers’ requests on User Voice. The issues reported on DHCP MP have been rectified and we have released a new version of the MP. You can download the Microsoft System Center Management Pack for Windows Server ... continue reading
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Use Docker to automate testing of PowerShell Core scripts

Summary: Learn the basics about Docker, and see how to use it for PowerShell Core script testing on different operating systems. I'm Dan Ward, a Boston-based .NET software engineer who is just plum crazy about PowerShell and automation. Earlier this ... continue reading
Advanced Threat Analytics security research network technical analysis: NotPetya

Advanced Threat Analytics security research network technical analysis: NotPetya

This post is authored by Igal Gofman, Security Researcher, Advanced Threat Analytics. On June 27, 2017 reports on a new variant of Petya (which was later referred to as NotPetya) malware infection began spreading across the globe. It seems the ... continue reading
Implementing Multiple AGPM Servers

Implementing Multiple AGPM Servers

Hi Everyone, Paulo here, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE), recently I have had several customers querying about how to deploy multiple AGPM Servers per Forest/Domain. As you know AGPM was designed to centralize change control over Group Policies so ... continue reading
Azure File Sync (AFS)

Step by Step Azure File Sync – on-premises file servers to #Azure Files Storage Sync Service #AFS #Cloud #MSIgnite

Finally Azure File Sync is there in public preview, for the last months I had the pleasure to work with the Azure File Sync team and tested the product and thought about some great ideas where Azure File Sync (AFS) ... continue reading
Enhancing query performance with Adaptive Query Processing in SQL Server 2017

Enhancing query performance with Adaptive Query Processing in SQL Server 2017

This post was authored by Joe Sack, Principal Program Manager, Data Systems Group, Microsoft SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database introduce a new generation of query processing improvements that will adapt optimization strategies to your application workload’s runtime conditions ... continue reading
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Azure Log Analytics Container Monitoring solution: Helm integration for Linux and Windows Kubernetes support

Hello, all. This is Keiko, Program Manager from the Operations Management Suite (OMS) team. In April this year, we announced support for Kubernetes on Linux. Since then, many people have asked us about Windows Kubernetes support, so we have added ... continue reading

Faster releases for a faster world – First semi-annual release of Windows Server

September is always an exciting month for those of us at Microsoft who work in the Windows Server business. September means Ignite, which is always packed with opportunities to connect with great customers and unveil exciting announcements. And this year ... continue reading

OMS customers can now use Azure Security Center to protect their hybrid cloud workloads

With the recent release of Azure Security Center support for hybrid cloud workloads, Operations Management Suite (OMS) Security & Compliance customers can start using Security Center to unify security management and threat protection across Azure, on-premises, and other clouds. Security ... continue reading
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View Designer and Workspace Settings coming to Azure

Starting this week, you'll see two existing features in Operations Management Suite (OMS) in the Azure portal: View Designer and Workspace Settings. You'll now be able to add new data sources, view custom logs and fields, and create new OMS ... continue reading
Project "Honolulu" overview

Project “Honolulu” overview

This video provides an overview on Project "Honolulu". Download the Technical Preview today at http://aka.ms/HonoluluDownload ... continue reading
Getting started with Project "Honolulu"

Getting started with Project “Honolulu”

This video provides the details to get started with Project "Honolulu". Download the Technical Preview today at http://aka.ms/HonoluluDownload ... continue reading
New Processors from Intel Help Boost Server Performance on Windows Server 2016

New Processors from Intel Help Boost Server Performance on Windows Server 2016

Microsoft and Intel discuss the latest Purley product launch from Intel. This major Xeon processor update is bringing large performance gains, greater than 50% memory bandwidth and increased core counts. Watch this video to get the details on why you ... continue reading

Azure CSP Documentation released

I'm glad to announce that Azure CSP documentation was published today as a part of Azure technical documentation. It is accessible using vanity URL: http://aka.ms/azurecsp or using a full URL: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cloud-solution-provider. Azure CSP documentation provides answers to the most popular ... continue reading

New System Center Virtual Machine Manager Analytics solution

In System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), administrators often monitor detailed job status to learn about the health and performance of operations and to diagnose any issues with the hosts or virtual machines. To improve this experience, we are delighted ... continue reading

Securing Privileged Access for the AD Admin – Part 2

Hello everyone, my name is still David Loder, and I’m still PFE out of Detroit, Michigan. Hopefully you’ve read Securing Privileged Access for the AD Admin – Part 1. If not, go ahead. We’ll wait for you. Now that you’ve ... continue reading
Your Private Network in the cloud: (Part 3) How to Create and Manage Virtual Machines in Azure

Your Private Network in the cloud: (Part 3) How to Create and Manage Virtual Machines in Azure

With support for Linux, Windows Server, SQL Server, Oracle, IBM, and SAP, Azure Virtual Machines gives you the flexibility of virtualization for a wide range of computing solutions — development and testing, running applications, and extending your datacenter. Join Lex ... continue reading
Use Microsoft Azure #Cloud Shell for Management #Azure #CLI #Powershell

Use Microsoft Azure #Cloud Shell for Management #Azure #CLI #Powershell

Overview of Microsoft Azure Cloud Shell PowerShell in the Azure Portal… Almost! ... continue reading