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Windows Server 2016 Productivity and IT Efficiency

This video provides a great overview on how Windows Server 2016 helps IT admins, end users and businesses drive efficiency and productivity gains through using the new operating system. In this video you will get an in depth view into ... continue reading
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Hybrid IT Connect computers and devices to #MSOMS using the OMS Gateway #Winserv #Linux

Instead of each individual agent sending data directly to OMS and requiring a direct Internet connection, all agent data is instead sent through a single computer that has an Internet connection. That computer is where you install and use the ... continue reading
Email message masquerading as a fax but carrying TrojanDownloader:JS/Crimace.A as attachment

Fake fax ushers in revival of a ransomware family

"Criminal case against you" is a message that may understandably cause panic. That’s what a recent spam campaign hopes happens, increasing the likelihood of recipients opening the malicious attachment. We recently discovered a new threat that uses email messages pretending ... continue reading

Artificial intelligence and cybersecurity: The future is here

Although we’re a very long way from putting artificial intelligence (AI) in charge of national defense, the use of AI in cybersecurity isn’t science fiction. The ability of machines to rapidly analyze and respond to the unprecedented quantities of data ... continue reading

No payment necessary: Fighting back against ransomware

Any IT professional who’s ever had an experience with malware knows how fast an intrusive attack can happen, and how difficult it can be to educate employees to be vigilant against such threats. And with ransomware attacks only growing, having ... continue reading

Adobe Flash support on Windows Server 2016

With the changes that have occurred to further align the Windows Server and Client desktop experiences, one of the most commonly asked questions is “Does Windows Server 2016 ship with Adobe Flash?” Answer: Adobe is included and does ship on ... continue reading
Map showing location of observed Soctuseer infections. The United States, Indonesia and India account for 40% of infections

MSRT November 2016: Unwanted software has nowhere to hide in this month’s release

We came across a browser modifier that sports rootkit capabilities. Not only does the threat, detected as BrowserModifier:Win32/Soctuseer, cross the line that separates legitimate software from unwanted, it also takes staying under the radar to the next level. Rootkit capabilities, ... continue reading
Demo: Setup extended network monitoring

Demo: Setup extended network monitoring

In this video tutorial you will see how to setup extended network monitoring in System Center 2016 Operations Manager. Using the new Network Monitoring MP Generator tool you can generate management packs to get extended monitoring for your SNMP-enabled devices ... continue reading
Virtual Machine Load Balancing in Windows Server 2016

Virtual Machine Load Balancing in Windows Server 2016

Join Elden Christensen, Principal PM Manager in the High Availability & Storage team, for an overview and demo of VM (Virtual Machine) Load Balancing, an exciting new feature built right into Windows Server 2016. VM Load Balancing analyzes the compute ... continue reading
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How to Simplify Device & Apps Management using Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune provides mobile device management, mobile application management and PC management capabilities from the cloud. Join Lex Thomas as he welcomes Ilya Beynenson to the show as they discuss the many benefits Intune can bring to an IT organization’s ... continue reading
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The case of the unexplained – ConfigMgr 1606: Office365 inventory data doesn’t replicate to CAS.

Hi Folks, I happen to document this enough working on an issue and hence posting this out to revive my unexplained series that was dormant for quite a while. Issue: We introduced this new class in ConfigMgr 1606, I believe ... continue reading
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Building a Windows Server 2016 Domain Controller #winserv #Hybrid #cloud #Azure #powershell

Building a Domain Controller is not that Difficult but what about building this with Powershell and use the 2016 Bits. Well lets take a peek at the Technet site https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh974720(v=wps.630).aspx nothing about 2016. -DomainMode<DomainMode> Specifies the domain functional level of ... continue reading
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Learn #JSON with Microsoft #Azure Resource Manager and Visual Studio #Code for #AzureStack #Cloud

The infrastructure for your application is typically made up of many components – maybe a virtual machine, storage account, and virtual network, or a web app, database, database server, and 3rd party services. You do not see these components as ... continue reading
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Windows Server 2016 NLB Network Load Balancing non-SDN or Software Load Balancing (SLB) for SDN #NLB #SLB #SDN

Windows Server 2016 Network Load Balancing. You can use Network Load Balancing to manage two or more servers as a single virtual cluster. Network Load Balancing enhances the availability and scalability of Internet server applications such as those used on ... continue reading
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Monitoring your home IP security cameras with OMS Log Analytics

Summary: Monitor devices, like home IP security cameras, with OMS Log Analytics without installing an agent! Hi folks, In this blog post I would like to share with you how you can monitor devices with Log Analytics without the need ... continue reading
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Getting Started with Windows Containers

Join Lex Thomas and Ryan Berry as they go through a series of quick demos explaining what Windows Containers are, what you can do with them and how they can benefit you and your organization.[0:52] What are Containers and why ... continue reading
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Beware of Hicurdismos: It’s a fake Microsoft Security Essentials installer that can lead to a support call scam

(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.) Wouldn’t it be a shame if, in trying to secure your PC, you ... continue reading
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The new .LNK between spam and Locky infection

Just when it seems the Ransom:Win32/Locky activity has slowed down, our continuous monitoring of the ransomware family reveals a new workaround that the authors might be using to keep it going. The decline in Locky activity can be attributed to ... continue reading
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Security baseline for Windows 10 v1607 (“Anniversary edition”) and Windows Server 2016

Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 version 1607, also known as “Anniversary edition” and internally as “Redstone 1”. The downloadable attachment to this blog post includes importable GPOs, tools for ... continue reading
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Introducing the Nano Server Image Builder

Hi there, Scott Johnson here to talk about the new Nano Server Image Builder tool, my new favorite time-saver. The Nano Server Image Builder helps you create a custom Nano Server image and bootable USB media with the aid of ... continue reading
Demo: Deploy Network Controller

Demo: Deploy Network Controller

In this video tutorial you will see how you can use the service template-based mechanism, provided by VMM 2016, for deployment and horizontal scaling of Software Defined Networking components - Network Controller, Gateway, and Software Load Balancer. Network Controller is ... continue reading
Demo: Setup hyper-converged cluster

Demo: Setup hyper-converged cluster

In this video, you will see how you can use VMM 2016 to seamlessly deploy hyper-converged Storage Spaces Direct cluster that provide highly available and scalable storage solutions using local disks. You will see how the existing cluster creation wizard ... continue reading
Demo: Create & set Port ACLs

Demo: Create & set Port ACLs

In this video tutorial, you will see the how Port ACLs help you control the network traffic going in/out of your datacenter and will learn how you can create and set Port ACLs in VMM 2016. Port ACL serves as ... continue reading
Demo: Cluster Rolling Upgrade

Demo: Cluster Rolling Upgrade

Using Cluster Rolling Upgrade functionality in SCVMM 2016, you can now upgrade your Windows Server 2012 R2 clusters to Windows Server 2016 clusters with no downtime to running workloads. Watch this video to learn about the pre-requisites and the see ... continue reading
Demo: Increase memory of a running VM

Demo: Increase memory of a running VM

With VMM 2016, you can now modify the memory configuration of a running VM that uses static memory. This functionality helps in eliminating downtime to running workloads due to memory reconfiguration. You can increase or decrease the memory allocation, or ... continue reading
Demo: Create & set Storage QoS

Demo: Create & set Storage QoS

With VMM 2016 you can set the quality of service (min or max IOPS, max bandwidth) for virtual machine storage so that applications running on the VMs receive the performance they require. This video tutorial provides a walkthrough of how ... continue reading

Nano Server in the Azure Gallery and VM Agent Support

As part of Windows Server 2016 General Availability, there are new Nano Server images in the Azure Gallery. In addition to the new image, there is also a helper script attached to this blog post that can be used to ... continue reading

Step-by-Step: Capturing Azure Resource Manager (ARM) VNET Gateway Diagnostic Logs

*** UPDATED for Azure PowerShell 2.x and 3.x *** A while back, I published an article that stepped through capturing diagnostic logs for v1 “Classic” virtual network gateways (aka VNET Gateways or VPN Gateways) on Azure via the Azure Service Management ... continue reading
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Deploying a Highly Available File Server in Azure IaaS (ARM) with SIOS DataKeeper

In this post we will detail the specific steps required to deploy a 2-node File Server Failover Cluster in a single region of Azure using Azure Resource Manager. I will assume you are familiar with basic Azure concepts as well ... continue reading

Updating Nano Server

[Edit 3/6/2017]: Information in this post has been added to our official Nano Server documentation on TechNet which is more current: https://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/get-started/update-nano-server Now that the Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2016 was released on September 26, 2016 (KB3192366), some people ... continue reading