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Achieve faster backups using tiered storage with DPM and MABS!

Hi Everyone! Sujay here from the Program Management team for System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) and Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS)    While talking to DPM and MABS customers I come across many questions around the tiered storage requirement ... continue reading
How to Manage Microsoft Teams via PowerShell

How to Manage Microsoft Teams via PowerShell

Microsoft Teams usage has increased greatly during the current pandemic.  All types of organizations are using the communications tool to stay connected with its employees and customers alike.  The increase of use has also resulted in an increase of demand ... continue reading
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Quickly Setting Up a Sandbox with Azure SQL DB/MI and AAD Synchronization

  During the migration journey from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database or Managed Instance, the customers I meet often wondering how to deal with the Integrated Authentication, their applications, especially the legacy ones. The following tutorial will help you ... continue reading
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Share big data at scale with Azure Data Share in-place sharing for Azure Data Explorer

This post was co-authored by Jie Feng Principal Program Manager, and Sumi Venkitaraman Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure Data Share is an open, easy, and secure way to share data at scale by enabling organizations to share data ... continue reading

Bringing AI supercomputing to customers

The trend toward the use of massive AI models to power a large number of tasks is changing how AI is built. At Microsoft Build 2020, we shared our vision for AI at Scale utilizing state-of-the-art AI supercomputing in Azure ... continue reading
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Run Azure Cloud Shell in Windows Admin Center

If you are managing a Hybrid Cloud environment, you can now get a new Azure Cloud Shell extension in Windows Admin Center. Azure Cloud Shell is an interactive, authenticated, browser-accessible shell for managing Azure resources. It provides the flexibility of ... continue reading

Improve Query Performance by Managing Statistics in Azure SQL | Data Exposed: MVP Edition

Within Azure SQL maintenance tasks such as backups and integrity checks are handled for you, and while you may be able to get away with automatic updates keeping your statistics up-to-date, sometimes it's not enough. Proactively managing statistics in Azure ... continue reading

Extract Web App from IIS to New Container Image

Containers are becoming extremely popular these days and many ITPros are being asked to modernize existing applications and run those apps on Kubernetes. The process can be a bit challenging if you don't know how to get started, and more ... continue reading

Understanding ConfigMgr Software Inventory Throttling

Or as we say in the north of Germany: "Moin Moin!"I am a Customer Engineer based in Germany and a while back I was asked about the software inventory (SINV) throttling process and if it can be adjusted to perform a ... continue reading

Enhancements made in SCOM Performance: Faster and more reliable web and ops consoles

SCOM performance has been one of the top user voice items over the years. It directly impacts the way our customers interact with SCOM including web console and operations console. This blog aims to highlight specific user scenarios which we’ve ... continue reading

Advancing the outage experience—automation, communication, and transparency

“Service incidents like outages are an unfortunate inevitability of the technology industry. Of course, we are constantly improving the reliability of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. We meet and exceed our Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for the vast majority of ... continue reading
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Microsoft Defender ATP: Web Content Filtering

Introduction   This is John Barbare and I am a Sr Customer Engineer at Microsoft focusing on all things in the Cybersecurity space. In this blog I will focus on the newly released feature of web content filtering in Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Before July 6th, 2020 you either ... continue reading

Getting started as a cloud engineer with Gwyneth Peña

Azure MVP Gwyneth Peña joins Scott Hanselman to show him how she got started as a cloud engineer not only by learning by doing, but also by documenting what she was learning and sharing her journey with others. [0:00:00]- Overview[0:00:21]- Getting started as a cloud ... continue reading
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Az Update: Azure Cloud Shell enhancements, Azure DB security enhancements and more

Lots of news surrounding Azure security and hybrid offerings this week. Here are a couple of the news items we are covering this week: Azure Database for PostgreSQL Data encryption enhancements announced, New Microsoft Learn Modules for Azure and Windows Server IT Pros, Exchange ... continue reading

Migrate your AWS VMs to Azure with Azure Migrate

Migrating your on prem server estate to Azure is something that you’ll often hear me talk about at events, or on this blog.  And when I am talking about datacentre migrations, you’ll often hear me mention how Azure Migrate can ... continue reading
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User initiated manual failover on SQL Managed Instance

High availability is a fundamental part of SQL Managed Instance (MI) platform that works transparently for your database applications.  As such, failovers from primary to secondary nodes in case of node degradation or fault detection, or during our regular monthly software ... continue reading
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ConfigMgr Performance Baseline the Easy Way

  Or as we say in the north of Germany: "Moin Moin!"I am a Customer Engineer based in Germany and I recently played a bit with Azure Log Analytics (now called Azure Monitor) and the on-premises monitoring capabilities and I want ... continue reading
New Microsoft Learn Modules for Azure and Windows Server IT Pros

New Microsoft Learn Modules for Azure and Windows Server IT Pros

I am sure you already heard of Microsoft Learn. If you haven't, Microsoft Learn is a free online learning platform around different technology. Whether you're just starting or an experienced professional, the hands-on approach helps you arrive at your goals faster, ... continue reading

How to optimize your Azure workload costs

The economic challenges posed by the global health pandemic continue to affect every organization around the world. During this difficult time, cost optimization has become an especially critical topic. Recently, we provided an overview of how to approach cost optimization ... continue reading
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User initiated manual failover of SQL Managed Instance

High availability is a fundamental part of SQL Managed Instance (MI) platform that works transparently for your database applications. As such, failovers from primary to secondary nodes in case of a fault or node degradation, or during our regular monthly ... continue reading
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Fine tuning backup storage costs on SQL Managed Instance

In the previous article, we have explained how automated backups on Azure SQL Managed Instance work, how backups piles up, and some of the ways you contribute to such pile up. We have also explained how associated costs for excess ... continue reading

Microsoft Office 365—Do you have a false sense of cloud security?

Through difficult times, some adversaries will find opportunities and COVID-19 has proven to be a ripe opportunity for them to target a new, expanding, remote workforce. While these threats morph and evolve, Microsoft’s Detection and Response Team (DART) finds ways ... continue reading
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Conditional Access policies now apply to all client applications by default

Howdy folks, When it comes to securing your organization, nothing is more effective than enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your users. Whether using traditional methods like phone or token codes, or modern passwordless methods like the Authenticator, Windows Hello, or ... continue reading

Azure With Terraform: Provider 2.0 Update

Hashicorp's Terraform Provider for Azure has been released! Check out the new features and where Hashi has improved usability of Terraform. Learn More: April's blog on the UpdatesHashi's Announcement of the UpdateTerraform Landing ZonesAzure DevOps DocsWrite Cool CodeGitHub ActionsCreate a Free Azure ... continue reading
How to use Terraform to Create Azure DevOps Projects

How to use Terraform to Create Azure DevOps Projects

With the recent release by HashiCorp and Microsoft of the Azure DevOps Provider 0.0.1 for Terraform we look at how to use these new features to create repeatable standardized projects into Azure DevOps. Introduction. In this article we are going ... continue reading
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Linux ATP Configuration and Operation Command List

Hello Blog Readers, I have summarized the Linux Configuration and Operation commands in this cheat sheet for your convenient use. Enjoy Linux ATP run! Linux ATP Commands Group Scenario Command Configuration Turn on/off real-time protection mdatp config real-time-protection --value [enabled|disabled] ... continue reading
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Risky Business in Azure AD…

Hi all, Zoheb here publishing on behalf of a guest author, Morne Naude. So without further ado... Hi Everyone, Morne here again and welcome to the first blog in our series on Azure Active Directory Security where we will be ... continue reading

How Azure App Configuration helps developers roll out new features

Jimmy Campbell is back to show Scott Hanselman how to use App Configuration for feature management. Traditionally, shipping a new application feature requires a complete redeployment of the application itself, and testing a feature often requires multiple deployments of the ... continue reading

Learning How to Transition Your SQL Server Skills to Azure SQL | Data Exposed

The Azure Data team at Microsoft recently launched FOUR new ways for you to learn Azure SQL. They'll show you how to translate your existing SQL Server expertise to Azure SQL including Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instance ... continue reading