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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
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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
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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

Loading files from Azure Blob Storage into Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database enables you to directly load files stored on Azure Blob Storage using the BULK INSERT T-SQL command and OPENROWSET function. WITH (DATA_SOURCE = 'MyAzureBlobStorageAccount'); BULK INSERT is existing command in T-SQL language that enables you to load files from file system into a table.continue reading
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Windows Server 2016 Setting port priority Adjusting the Network #Protocol Bindings multiple networks #winserv

When building complex network configurations with Server 2016 you will need to adjust sometimes configuration settings that are not that easily to change in the GUI. Suppose I have a big S2D cluster Or a NLB farm In this configuration ... continue reading

How to Navigate through the new Windows Update Model

Windows as a service provides a new way to think about building, deploying, and servicing the Windows operating system. The Windows as a service model is focused on continually providing new capabilities and updates while maintaining a high level of ... continue reading
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(Part 1) Windows Server 2016 – Shielded Virtual Machines Overview

In this video we will take a look at the new security feature in Windows Server 2016 – Shielded Virtual Machines. This feature is much more than just encryption but rather a Hyper-V powered virtualization guarded fabric that brings a ... continue reading

SQL Server 2016 Developer Edition in Windows Containers

We are excited to announce the public availability of SQL Server 2016 SP1 Developer Edition in Windows Containers! The image is now available on Docker Hub and the build scripts are hosted on our GitHub repository. This image can be ... continue reading
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Nano Server Native Project Template now on Visual Studio Gallery

The Visual Studio project template for developing C++ applications targeting Nano Server is now available on the Visual Studio Marketplace (search on "nano"). The template supports both Visual Studio 2015 and 2017. The core of the extension is identical to ... continue reading
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OMS in CSP

A lot of CSP partners ask about OMS availability in CSP. In this article I'll show what OMS components are available in CSP and how to use them. Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) includes several management solutions for hybrid cloud ... continue reading
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SQL Server on Linux: Mission-critical HADR with Always On Availability Groups

This post was authored by Mihaela Blendea, Senior Program Manager, SQL Server In keeping with our goal to enable the same High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions on all platforms supported by SQL Server, today Microsoft is excited to announce ... continue reading

Demo: Discover MP updates and recommendations, and tune MP alerts

In this video tutorial you will see how you can use the automated management pack (MP) updates and recommendation tool, provided by System Center 2016 Operations Manager, to see MPs that are partially installed, need an update, or recommended based ... continue reading
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Deploying IaaS VM Guest Clusters in Microsoft Azure

Authors: Rob Hindman and Subhasish Bhattacharya, Program Manager, Windows Server In this blog I am going to discuss deployment considerations and scenarios for IaaS VM Guest Clusters in Microsoft Azure. A guest cluster in Microsoft Azure is a Failover Cluster ... continue reading

Parsing 4GB JSON with SQL Server

SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL Database enable you to parse JSON text and transform it into tabular format. In this post, you might see that JSON functions can handle very large JSON text – up to 4GB. First, I ... continue reading
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#Microsoft System Center 2016 Management Pack for Microsoft #Azure #Sysctr #SCOM

The Management Pack for Microsoft Azure enables you to monitor the availability and performance of Azure resources that are running on Microsoft Azure. The management pack runs on a specified server pool, and then uses Microsoft Azure REST APIs to ... continue reading