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Azure AD Application Proxy now supports the Remote Desktop Services web client

Howdy folks! Today we’re announcing the public preview of Azure AD Application Proxy (App Proxy) support for the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) web client. Many of you are already using App Proxy for applications hosted on RDS and we’ve seen ... continue reading

PSScriptAnalyzer 1.19.1

PSScriptAnalyzer 1.19.1 is now available on the PowerShell Gallery. This minor update fixes a few user-reported bugs and introduces a new rule (which is disabled by default) for avoiding using double quotes for constant strings. To install this version of ... continue reading
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Empower your analysts to reduce burnout in your security operations center

Effective cybersecurity starts with a skilled and empowered team. In a world with more remote workers and an evolving threat landscape, you need creative problem solvers defending your organization. Unfortunately, many traditional security organizations operate in a way that discourages ... continue reading

More ways to save when you migrate SQL Server data to Azure SQL

A new normal is emerging globally as businesses restart or rebuild in the face of rapidly changing conditions. To keep up with the pace of change and address new opportunities that arise, businesses are looking to the cloud for ways ... continue reading

ARM Series #5: Variables

Variables are very useful in all king of scenarios to simplify things. Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates aren't an exception and the variable will offer great flexibility. In this chapter, we will explain how you can use variables inside your ... continue reading
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Monitoring Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes and servers

Azure Arc is a preview service that enables users to create and attach Kubernetes clusters both inside and outside of Azure. Azure Arc also enables the user to manage Windows and Linux machines outside of Azure the same way native ... continue reading

Three reasons to migrate your ASP.NET apps and SQL Server data to Azure

The way we work and live has changed. Over the last several months, enterprises have had to shift their strategy from “physical first” to digital first and accelerate their digital transformation to enable remote productivity, reduce costs, or rapidly address ... continue reading
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Eight ways to optimize costs on Azure SQL

Across the globe, businesses are emerging into a new normal, eager to restart or rebuild, but still operating in uncertain times. Optimizing costs and redirecting the spend to where it matters most is as important as ever, and many companies ... continue reading
How to Manage SharePoint via PowerShell - Part 1

How to Manage SharePoint via PowerShell – Part 1

In this two-part series, we're going to look at how we can manage SharePoint using PowerShell. This is highly focused on SharePoint Online, but if the cmdlets are available, it also applies to SharePoint on-premises. We'll start with the basics, ... continue reading
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Support for Azure AD user creation on behalf of Azure AD Applications for Azure SQL

We are announcing a public preview for Azure AD user creation support for Azure SQL Database and Azure Synapse Analytics on behalf of Azure AD Applications (service principals). See Azure Active Directory service principal with Azure SQL. What support for ... continue reading

Enhanced support for Azure AD Guest Users for Azure SQL

We are announcing public preview of a new capability that enables creation of Azure AD guest users directly as database users and setting Azure AD guest users as Active Directory admin for SQL for Azure SQL Database, Managed Instance and ... continue reading
Video Tutorial: App-V 5.0 Sequencer - Application Deployment Part 13

Video Tutorial: App-V 5.0 Sequencer – Application Deployment Part 13

Hello everyone, here is part 13 of a series focusing on Application Deployment in Configuration Manager. This series is recorded by @Steve Rachui, a Microsoft principal premier field engineer. These tutorials are from our library and uses Configuration Manager 2012 ... continue reading

Guiding principles of our identity strategy: staying ahead of evolving customer needs

Last June, when I shared the 5 principles driving a customer-obsessed identity strategy at Microsoft, many of you had embraced the idea of a boundaryless environment, but relatively few had implemented it in practice. A global pandemic made remote access ... continue reading
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Advancing resilience through chaos engineering and fault injection

“When I first kicked off this Advancing Reliability blog series in my post last July, I highlighted several initiatives underway to keep improving platform availability, as part of our commitment to provide a trusted set of cloud services. One area ... continue reading
Traditional Failover Clustering in Azure

Traditional Failover Clustering in Azure

Hello folks, Last month I presented a session during the “Windows Server webinar miniseries - Month of Cloud Essentials”. The session was on how to create highly available apps with Azure VMs. Following the session I was asked about setting ... continue reading
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Augmenting Azure Advisor Cost Recommendations for Automated Continuous Optimization – Part 3

This is the third post of a series dedicated to the implementation of automated Continuous Optimization with Azure Advisor Cost recommendations. For a contextualization of the solution here described, please read the introductory post for an overview of the solution ... continue reading
One Ops Question: What's the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework?

One Ops Question: What's the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework?

In this episode of One Ops Question, Sarah answers the question "What's the Microsoft Adoption Framework?" The Microsoft Adoption Framework is a set of guidelines and advice that has been pulled from multiple sources, such as Microsoft employees, partners and ... continue reading

Enabling secure remote work using Windows Virtual Desktop

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in Azure to enable secure remote work. Christiaan Brinkhoff joins Scott Hanselman to show how WVD is different from other desktop virtualization technologies, as well as how ... continue reading

Calculating Application Availability in the Cloud

When deploying business critical applications in the cloud you want to make sure they are highly available. The good news is that if you plan properly, you can achieve 99.99% (4-nines) of availability or more. However, calculating your true availability ... continue reading
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Using Azure AD App and Certificate with Office 365 CLI in Azure DevOps for SPFx

While using Azure DevOps Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CICD) pipelines, most of the documentation and articles show how to use Office 365 Command Line Interface (CLI) to upload, add and deploy the SPFx packages. It’s because Office 365 CLI ... continue reading
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Azure Sentinel: Ensuring Internet-blocked Azure VMs Can Still Connect

Hi, all! Rod Trent here. I am a Cybersecurity CE/Consultant at Microsoft and work with Azure Sentinel literally every waking hour, so I see and hear a lot of unique and interesting things in relation to this fantastic product. I ... continue reading

Afternoon Cyber Tea: Peak, Plateau, or Plummet? Cyber security trends that are here to stay and how to detect and recover from ransomware attacks

The rapidity of change in the cyberthreat landscape can be daunting for today’s cyber defense teams. Just as they perfect the ability to block one attack method, adversaries change their approach. Tools like artificial intelligence and machine learning allow us ... continue reading
Video Tutorial: App-V Overview - Application Deployment Part 12

Video Tutorial: App-V Overview – Application Deployment Part 12

Hello everyone, here is part 12 of a series focusing on Application Deployment in Configuration Manager. This series is recorded by @Steve Rachui , a Microsoft principal premier field engineer. These tutorials are from our library and uses Configuration Manager ... continue reading

Azure SQL – Automated Backups (Part 1) | Data Exposed

In part one of this two-part series, Shreya Verma discusses the different backups options (point-in-time restore, long-term retention) Azure SQL provides and how to effectively manage them. Watch on Data Exposed Additional Resources:Overview of Business ContinuityAutomated BackupsBackup Cost ManagementPiTR and ... continue reading
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Seeing the big picture: Deep learning-based fusion of behavior signals for threat detection

The application of deep learning and other machine learning methods to threat detection on endpoints, email and docs, apps, and identities drives a significant piece of the coordinated defense delivered by Microsoft Threat Protection. Within each domain as well as ... continue reading

Changing default MAXDOP in Azure SQL Database

To improve customer workload performance and reduce unnecessary resource utilization, the default MAXDOP setting for new databases in Azure SQL Database is changing from the previous default of 0 (unlimited) to 8. The “max degree of parallelism” (a.k.a. MAXDOP) SQL ... continue reading
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Azure Mini Fun Bytes: How to setup Azure Blob Storage

If you need to store many objects in the cloud, like pictures, videos, logs, or any other kinds of unstructured data, using a storage blob on Azure is a perfect option. In this post, I walk through the steps of ... continue reading

Windows Server Insiders getting gRPC support in Http.sys

We keep hearing many of you are eager to host gRPC-enabled services on IIS in Azure, such as here on GitHub. However, the lack of support for several HTTP features in the platform components is blocking you. We listened, and ... continue reading

ARM Series #4: Template Functions

So now you are happy about all the things you learn in those first chapters. But their good chance is that if try to execute the PowerShell or Bash command on your side you will end up with: ____ with ... continue reading
Building better identity solutions with our partners at Microsoft Inspire

Building better identity solutions with our partners at Microsoft Inspire

Hello Everyone - This week is Microsoft Inspire where we celebrate our partners that have helped us innovate and accelerate growth over the last year. Whether businesses are starting their journey to cloud identity, migrating applications to modern authentication, or ... continue reading