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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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Editing a .VMCX file

In Windows Server 2016 we moved from using .XML for our virtual machine configuration files to using a binary format – that we call .VMCX. There are many benefits to this – but one of the downsides is that it ... continue reading
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Windows Server 2016 Essentials Dashboard

Windows Server 2016 Essentials is the lowest-cost edition of Windows Server intended for a small company's first server. With Windows Server 2016 Essentials comes a dashboard which simplifies the tasks that you perform to manage your network and server. Common ... continue reading
What’s New in #Microsoft Azure DevTest LABs and More #Azure #DevOps #Docker #Containers #Cloud

What’s New in #Microsoft Azure DevTest LABs and More #Azure #DevOps #Docker #Containers #Cloud

Azure DevTest Labs is a service that helps developers and testers quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost. You can test the latest version of your application by quickly provisioning Windows and Linux environments using reusable ... continue reading
#Microsoft Azure CLI 2.0 in Ubuntu #Bash of #Windows 10 #Linux #Azure #DevOps

#Microsoft Azure CLI 2.0 in Ubuntu #Bash of #Windows 10 #Linux #Azure #DevOps

Azure CLI 2.0 in Bash If you use Ubuntu Bash in Windows 10 and like to work with Microsoft Azure Cloud Services you can install Azure CLI 2.0 for Linux For Debian/Ubuntu based systems, you can install Azure CLI 2.0 ... continue reading
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How to increase DPM 2016 replica when using Modern Backup Storage (MBS)

There may be circumstances where the replica volume for a protected data source is under allocated or a very large increase of protected data results in synchronization or recovery point job failures due to inadequate space on the replica. Some ... continue reading
Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016

Massive Performance, Scale and Manageability Gains in Hyper-V with Windows Server 2016

In this episode, you'll learn about the huge performance and scale improvements made available with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016. This video covers the specific performance enhancements, what kinds of new virtualization scenarios this makes available for business-critical workloads, such ... continue reading
Video Security and Compliance in Microsoft #AzureStack #HybridCloud

Video Security and Compliance in Microsoft #AzureStack #HybridCloud

Learn how Azure Stack adopted the “Assume Breach” and “Hardened by Default” principles to bring state of the art Security and Compliance to the next generation hybrid cloud solution. Read more about Microsoft Azure Stack POC architecture here ... continue reading

Support for Windows Server 2016 as a guest system is added in Hotfix 1 for Update Rollup 11 of System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

Microsoft Support still gets frequent inquiries about whether System Center 2012 R2 VMM can support guests running Windows Server 2016. Installing Hotfix 1 for Update Rollup 11 of Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) enables you to ... continue reading
Windows Server 2016 Essentials and the Essentials Experience Role

Get the “Lowdown” on Windows Server 2016 Essentials and the “Essentials Experience” Role

In this episode, we’ll get you up-to-speed on all things relating to Windows Server 2016 Essentials. It covers who should use Essentials edition, scenarios it is good for, organizational sizing considerations, licensing and pricing considerations. Also learn about the easy dashboard ... continue reading

Get the “Lowdown” on Windows Server 2016 Essentials and the “Essentials Experience” Role

In this episode, we'll get you up-to-speed on all things relating to Windows Server 2016 Essentials ... continue reading
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Meet SQL Server’s biggest fan, KillaDBA

This post was authored by Jennifer Moser, Data Platform Community Lead, Microsoft Atlanta-based Homer McEwen has been a database administrator for more than 20 years. But it’s what he does in his spare time that makes McEwen, aka KillaDBA, a ... continue reading
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Xenapp Essentials the replacement of Azure Remote App ? or #NoGo #ARA #Citrix #CXE #Cloud #RemoteApp

Well it is here it took some time but now you can start testing with the Xenapp Essentials. Is it any good and Can I use it for production. Well I was a little disappointed I was charged upfront and ... continue reading

Uninstalling and reinstalling the Windows 2012R2 Failover Clustering feature

In some cases, it may be necessary to uninstall and reinstall the Windows Failover Clustering feature on a server that is currently a member of a Failover Cluster.  This can be done via either Server Manager, or PowerShell.  Below are ... continue reading
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Tech support scams persist with increasingly crafty techniques

(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.) Millions of users continue to encounter technical support scams. Data from Windows Defender ... continue reading
#Microsoft #Azure Application Analytics for #Docker #Container Apps #DevOps #Cloud #MSOMS

#Microsoft #Azure Application Analytics for #Docker #Container Apps #DevOps #Cloud #MSOMS

Microsoft Azure Application Analytics for Docker Container Apps Docker Pull Microsoft/applicationinsights Obtain the instrumentation key of your Application Insights resource. (Look in the Essentials drop-down.) If you don’t have a resource, create a new one. Run the following command, replacing ... continue reading

Credential Theft: How the Attack Landscape has changed and What You can do about it

The security of most or all business assets in an organization depends on the integrity of the privileged accounts that administer and manage IT systems. Cyber-attackers are targeting these accounts and other elements of privileged access to rapidly gain access ... continue reading
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Change Block Tracking needs to be reset if another backup product has protected a VMWare VM prior to DPM

In this scenario, the VMWare HostVCenter server has successfully been connected in DPM. However, Replica creation, Consistency Checks, Recovery points fail with the noted error below (Some other similar errors but with same resolution). DPMUI Error: DPM encounterd error from ... continue reading
Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016

What’s New in Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services for On-Premises and Cloud Deployments

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
Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016

What’s New in Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services for On-Premises and Cloud Deployments

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
Install #Azure CLI 2.0 and Run Script for VM with Operations Management Suite Agent #MSOMS

Install #Azure CLI 2.0 and Run Script for VM with Operations Management Suite Agent #MSOMS

Download Python for Windows here Be sure to install the Pip component when you install Python. After the install completes, add Python to your PATH environment variable (the installer will prompt you). The Azure CLI 2.0 is Azure’s new command-line ... continue reading
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Get the Low Down on Windows Server 2016 Essentials

This video will get you up to speed all things Windows Server 2016 Essentials. It covers who should use Essentials edition, scenarios it is good for, organizational sizing considerations, licensing and pricing considerations. Also learn about the easy dashboard experience ... continue reading
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Connect System Center Configuration Manager to OMS sync device collection data #MSOMS #sysctr #Azure #ARM

When using System Center Configuration Manager current branch Build 1610, you can extend it to OMS and you don’t need the OMS portal or the Classic portal. All from the Azure Resource Manager portal. When opening the SCCM Manager it ... continue reading
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Detecting and mitigating elevation-of-privilege exploit for CVE-2017-0005

On March 14, 2017, Microsoft released security bulletin MS17-013 to address CVE-2017-0005, a vulnerability in the Windows Win32k component that could potentially allow elevation of privileges. A report from a trusted partner identified a zero-day exploit for this vulnerability. The ... continue reading
Introduction to Windows Server 2016 Containers

Improve Deployment Speed and Reduce Overhead with Containers in Windows Server 2016

Learn how containers work in Windows Server 2016 and how they can be used to increase deployment speed, workload density and decrease server overhead to create a more efficient IT environment.  Workload candidates and security options are also discussed to ... continue reading
Continuous Delivery to Microsoft #Azure with #Docker #Container for #DevOps #Dev #Code #Cloud

Continuous Delivery to Microsoft #Azure with #Docker #Container for #DevOps #Dev #Code #Cloud

To make it easy for you to deploy your application to Azure we’ve built a container that has the AzureCLI installed. We will set up a simple example showing you how to configure any deployment to Azure. If you don’t ... continue reading

Building a KMS Host on Windows 8

Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?C2=16796 This blog post is part of a series of posts, detailing the build process and activating capabilities of a KMS host on a particular host operating system. The operating system dictates which KMS host key (CSVLK) can ... continue reading
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Five reasons to run SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 — No. 1: Security

This is the first blog in a five-part series. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts, which will cover cutting costs and improving performance of storage, BI, and analytics; improving uptime and reliability; reaching data insights faster by running analytics ... continue reading
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Building a KMS Host on Windows Server 2008 R2

Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?p1=14134 This blog post is part of a series of posts, detailing the build process and activating capabilities of a KMS host on a particular host operating system. The operating system dictates which KMS host key (CSVLK) can ... continue reading
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Error Adding Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 2016 LTSB Product Keys to VAMT 3.1

My name is Shannon Gowen and I am a Serviceability Support Escalation Engineer for Windows Client and Server Beta. This is a short blog describing an issue that you might see utilizing the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) with Windows ... continue reading

SQL Server Replication enhancement in SQL Server 2016

Replication is a widely-adopted feature in SQL Server to copy and distribute data and database objects from one database to another and then synchronizing between databases to maintain consistency. In SQL Server 2016, we did some enhancement in replication features ... continue reading