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Latest news and technical articles related to cloud computing with Windows Server. We have carefully selected articles published by industry experts, featuring Microsoft’s engineering team.

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Exporting tables from SQL Server in json line-delimited format using BCP.exe

Line-delimited JSON is one common format used to exchange data between systems and for streaming JSON data. SQL Server can be used to export content of tables into line-delimited JSON format. Line-delimited JSON is a variation of JSON format where all ... continue reading
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Replicate Hyper-V virtual machines to #Azure using Azure Site Recovery #ASR #BCDR #winserv #Cloud #MSOMS

Site Recovery is an Azure service that contributes to your business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy. Site Recovery orchestrates replication of on-premises physical servers and virtual machines to the cloud (Azure), or to a secondary datacenter. When outages occur ... continue reading
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(Part 1) Windows Server 2016 Nano Server: Overview

Windows Server 2016 Nano Server is a cool new deployment option that has a very small operating system footprint that is very secure, very fast and efficient and only has a limited set of features that you want to include ... continue reading
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Hyper-V vs. KVM for OpenStack performance

During the development of Windows Server 2016 we spent a lot of time working on delivering the best core performance as a cloud platform. At the same time the Cloudbase team have spent a lot of time optimizing the performance ... continue reading
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Improve Speed and Reduce Overhead with Containers in Windows Server 2016

Learn about how containers work in Windows Server 2016 and how they can be used to increase speed, workload density and decrease server overhead to create a more efficient server environment. Workload candidate and security options are also discussed to ... continue reading
Building Microservices on Azure: How to Get Started with the Application Revolution Powered by the Cloud

Building Microservices on Azure: How to Get Started with the Application Revolution Powered by the Cloud

Software Methodologies, process, patterns, platform, and devices are constantly evolving. Fast, agile, inexpensive, and massively scalable infrastructure, is improving operational efficiency and enabling faster-time-to-value across industries. However, many companies are finding that making their applications highly available, scalable and agile ... continue reading
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Windows Server 2016 With Hyper-v Yellow exclamation on Microsoft Virtual Machine Bus #winserv #HyperV #Windows

Don’t you love it when you are running Hyper-v and you can adjust the VM en reboot your cluster and everything is redundant. Well except the VM after a reboot of the VM it has a Yellow exclamation on Microsoft ... continue reading
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Averting ransomware epidemics in corporate networks with Windows Defender ATP

Microsoft security researchers continue to observe ransomware campaigns blanketing the market and indiscriminately hitting potential targets. Unsurprisingly, these campaigns also continue to use email and the web as primary delivery mechanisms. Also, it appears that most corporate victims are simply ... continue reading
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Azure subscription rights challenge in CSP

Let's imagine a situation when you are a CSP Partner and you provide Azure services to your customer. Customer purchases Office 365 licenses from another reseller (e.g. under Enterprise Agreement), and that reseller is a managing partner (delegated admin) for ... continue reading
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Phishers unleash simple but effective social engineering techniques using PDF attachments

The Gmail phishing attack is reportedly so effective that it tricks even technical users, but it may be just the tip of the iceberg. We’re seeing similarly simple but clever social engineering tactics using PDF attachments. These deceitful PDF attachments ... continue reading
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Detecting threat actors in recent German industrial attacks with Windows Defender ATP

When a Germany-based industrial conglomerate disclosed in December 2016 that it was breached early that year, the breach was revealed to be a professionally run industrial espionage attack. According to the German press, the intruders used the Winnti family of ... continue reading
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Massive Performance Gains in Hyper V with Windows Server 2016

Watch this video to learn about the huge performance improvements made available with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016. This video covers the specific performance enhancements, what kinds of new virtualization workloads this makes available for such as SQL, the ease ... continue reading
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Get Started here with Microsoft log #Analytics for Hybrid Environment #MSOMS #Azure #HybridCloud #Sysctr

Learn how to use Log Analytics in the Operations Management Suite to collect and analyze data generated by resources in your cloud and on-premises environments. Tutorials and other documentation show you how to get real-time insights across your workloads and ... continue reading
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Hardening Windows 10 with zero-day exploit mitigations

Cyberattacks involving zero-day exploits happen from time to time, affecting different platforms and applications. Over the years, Microsoft security teams have been working extremely hard to address these attacks. While delivering innovative solutions like Windows Defender Application Guard, which provides ... continue reading
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First Look Into Blockchain: How to Develop, Test, and Deploy Blockchain Applications

Blockchain is an emerging way for businesses, industries, and public organizations to almost instantaneously make and verify transactions — streamlining business processes, saving money, and reducing the potential for fraud.At its core, a blockchain is a data structure that’s used ... continue reading

Columnstore Index Performance: SQL Server 2016 – Multiple Aggregates

SQL product team has made significant improvements in columnstore index functionality, supportability and performance during SQL Server 2016 based on the feedback from customers. This blog series focuses on the performance improvements done as part of SQL Server 2016. Customers ... continue reading
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SQL Server R Services – Why did we build it?

Author: Nellie Gustafsson This is the first post in a series of blog posts about SQL Server R Services. We want to take you behind the scenes and explain why we have built this feature and deep dive into how ... continue reading
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Quickly deploy RDS 2016 in Azure

In this post I'll show how to deploy a minimal Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services farm in Azure in 20 minutes using Azure Resource Manager template. Such farm will be enough to provide Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) for 5 to 100 ... continue reading
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Deploy a Software Defined Network infrastructure using VMM SDN Express #SCVMM #SDN #Sysctr

As VMM is a great tool to deploy VM with and with Windows Azure Pack it has a central role, but now in Azure Stack there is no place for VMM. Unless you are using it to deploy VM’s for ... continue reading
Enterprise Threat Detection Service: An In-Depth Overview of Microsoft's Latest Cybersecurity Solution

Enterprise Threat Detection Service: An In-Depth Overview of Microsoft’s Latest Cybersecurity Solution

Enterprise Threat Detection (ETD) is a managed security service, which provides enterprise businesses with state-of-the art cyber-attack detection capabilities leveraging the latest Microsoft technologies and telemetry sources built-in to the Windows operating system. Join Lex Thomas as he welcomes Andrei ... continue reading
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New Azure ILB feature allows you to build a multi-instance SQL Server Failover Cluster in #Azure

At Microsoft Ignite this past September, Microsoft made some announcements around Azure. One of these announcements was the general availability of multiple VIPs on internal load balancers. Why is this so important to a SQL Server DBA? Well, up until ... continue reading
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Running #NanoServer in a #Container on Windows Server 2016 with #Docker in Powershell #DevOps

What are Containers They are an isolated, resource controlled, and portable operating environment.  Basically, a container is an isolated place where an application can run without affecting the rest of the system and without the system affecting the application. Containers ... continue reading
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#Docker containers running on #Windows10 for #DevOps #Azure

An integrated, easy-to-deploy environment for building, assembling, and shipping applications from a Windows PC, Docker for Windows is a native Windows application with a native user interface and auto-update capability, deeply integrated with Windows native virtualization, Hyper-V, networking and file ... continue reading

Troubleshooting ‘Unsupported Cluster Configuration’ errors in Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2

~ John Clyburn | Senior Consultant Hi everyone, my name is John Clyburn and I’m a senior consultant here at Microsoft. I was recently working at a customer site where we were getting “Unsupported Cluster Configuration” errors in the SCVMM ... continue reading
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Windows Server 2016: (Part 1) Getting Started with Shielded VMs

One of the most important goals of providing a hosted environment is to guarantee the security of the virtual machines running in the environment. Join Lex Thomas and Brantley Whitely as they give us a quick tour of the new ... continue reading
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What’s New in Windows Server 2016 Networking

The Azure inspired software defined networking stack that is built into Windows Server 2016 reduces the complexity and cost of network infrastructure. Not only that, you can now define your network infrastructure so that it is portable to your application ... continue reading
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Windows 10: protection, detection, and response against recent Depriz malware attacks

A few weeks ago, multiple organizations in the Middle East fell victim to targeted and destructive attacks that wiped data from computers, and in many cases rendering them unstable and unbootable. Destructive attacks like these have been observed repeatedly over ... continue reading
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Understanding the Windows Server Failover Cluster Quorum in Windows Server 2016

Before we look at the new quorum features in Windows Server 2016, I think it is important to know where we came from. In my previous post Understanding the Windows Server Failover Cluster Quorum in Windows Server 2012 R2 I ... continue reading
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Hybrid, Private and Public Clouds on Windows Server 2016

In this episode we'll examine the range of features, connectivity types as well as integration points with Azure that Windows Server 2016 brings to bear. Giving customers a broad range of cloud options that make it extremely fast and easy ... continue reading
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Get Started with Microsoft #MSOMS Service Map to get in Control #HybridCloud #Winserv #Linux

Microsoft OMS Service Map Service Map automatically discovers application components on Windows and Linux systems and maps the communication between services. It allows you to view your servers as you think of them – as interconnected systems that deliver critical ... continue reading