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Windows Defender ATP device risk score exposes new cyberattack, drives Conditional access to protect networks

Windows Defender ATP device risk score exposes new cyberattack, drives Conditional access to protect networks

Several weeks ago, the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) team uncovered a new cyberattack that targeted several high-profile organizations in the energy and food and beverage sectors in Asia. Given the target region and verticals, the attack … Continue Reading
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How to Protect your Azure resources from Distributed Denial of Service attacks

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Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are some of the largest availability and security concerns facing customers that are moving their applications to the cloud. A DDoS attack attempts to exhaust an application’s resources, making the application unavailable to legitimate … Continue Reading
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Azure Cosmos DB and multi-tenant systems

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In this blog post, we will discuss how to build a multi-tenant system on Azure Cosmos DB. Azure Cosmos DB itself is a multi-tenant PaaS offering on Microsoft Azure. Building a multi-tenant system on another multi-tenant system can be challenging, … Continue Reading

PowerShell Constrained Language mode and the Dot-Source Operator

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PowerShell works with application control systems, such as AppLocker and Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC), by automatically running in ConstrainedLanguage mode. ConstrainedLanguage mode restricts some exploitable aspects of PowerShell while still giving you a rich shell to run commands and … Continue Reading

Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines

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Azure Hybrid Benefit (AHB) for SQL Server allows you to use on-premises licenses to run SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines. If you have Software Assurance, you can use AHB when deploying a new SQL VM or activate SQL Server … Continue Reading
Installation of #AzureDevOps Server 2019 RC1 for your Team Work #DevOps #Winserv

Installation of #AzureDevOps Server 2019 RC1 for your Team Work #DevOps #Winserv

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What is Azure DevOps Server? Collaborative software development tools for the entire team Previously known as Team Foundation Server (TFS), Azure DevOps Server is a set of collaborative software development tools, hosted on-premises. Azure DevOps Server integrates with your existing … Continue Reading
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Configuration Manager Peer Cache – Custom Reporting Examples

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First published on TECHNET on Nov 21, 2018 Hello all, my name is Seth Price and I am a Configuration Manager PFE. I recently had a customer with a large network environment and they wanted to enable Configuration Manager Peer … Continue Reading
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How to develop secure applications using Azure Cosmos DB

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Before we begin to discuss how to develop secure applications using Azure Cosmos DB, we should also highlight some of the different layers of security that Azure Cosmos DB offers. The following image illustrates these various layers of security: Azure … Continue Reading

Security baseline (FINAL) for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019

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Microsoft is pleased to announce the final release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 October 2018 Update (a.k.a., version 1809, “Redstone 5” or “RS5”), and for Windows Server 2019. Download the content from the Microsoft Security Compliance … Continue Reading
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Real-time event processing with Azure Database for PostgreSQL and Event Grid integration

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Most modern applications are built using events whether it is reacting to changes coming from IoT devices, responding to a new listing in a marketplace solution, or initiating business processes from customer requests. PostgreSQL is a popular open source database … Continue Reading
Microsoft Azure Hybrid Cloud Architecture HUB-Spoke Model

Azure Hub-Spoke model by Enterprise Design 2 of 4 Lift and Shift

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This blogpost about Microsoft Azure Hub-Spoke model by Enterprise Design 2 of 4 “Lift and Shift” is part of a Datacenter transition to Microsoft Azure Intelligent Cloud. It’s talking about Azure Architecture, Security, Assessment, Azure Policy, and implementation of the … Continue Reading

What Azure permissions are required to create SQL Managed Instance?

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Azure SQL Managed Instance is a fully managed SQL Server Instance hosted in Azure cloud that is placed in your Azure VNet. Users who are creating instances need to have some permissions. In this post you will see the minimal … Continue Reading
Configure Visual Studio Code to run PowerShell for Windows and PowerShell Core Simultaneously

Configure Visual Studio Code to run PowerShell for Windows and PowerShell Core Simultaneously

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I’m a PowerShell fan and have recently adopted PowerShell Core as my version of choice. If you are not familiar with PowerShell Core, it is a cross platform (Windows, Linux, and macOS) version of PowerShell based on .NET Core. That … Continue Reading
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Step-By-Step: Enabling Advanced Security Audit Policy via Directory Services Access

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Active directory is one of the more impactful services from a security perspective within an organization. Even small changes with in an Organization’s AD can cause a major business impact. Preventing any unauthorized access and unplanned changes in an AD … Continue Reading
Unsticking Windows Updates That Are Stuck In Their Tracks

Unsticking Windows Updates That Are Stuck In Their Tracks

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First published on TECHNET on Nov 06, 2018Hello everyone, Matt Novitsch (SCCM Premier Field Engineer) with Craig McCarty (Platforms Premier Field Engineer) here to talk to you about a method of unsticking stuck Windows Updates. We have seen this several … Continue Reading
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Step by Step Server-to-server storage replication with Windows Server 2019 Storage Replica AdminCenter

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In the old days all File servers where on one place, and if you want to replicate data you needed a extra tool to do this. Now days its already build in into Windows server. Storage replica can be used … Continue Reading
Azure Policy and BluePrints Overview

Azure Policy and BluePrints Overview

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Why is Azure Policy and Blueprints important ? When you made your Enterprise Architecture Design like my last blogpost : Microsoft Azure Hub-Spoke model by Enterprise Design Part 1 of 4 You want to keep in control of your Business … Continue Reading
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Step-by-Step: Trigger Email Alerts from Windows Event with Event Details on Windows Server 2016

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Setting up an email alert is as simple as creating a Windows Task that is triggered by an Event. You then must specify the action that will occur when that Task is triggered. Since Microsoft has decided to deprecate the … Continue Reading

SQL Server IaaS Extension Query Service for SQL Server on Azure VM

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SQL Server IaaS Extension is installed by default on Azure virtual machines deployed from SQL Server based images on Azure Market Place. SQL Server IaaS extension manages SQL Server configurations on the VM including SQL server connectivity, storage configuration, automated … Continue Reading
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Tips & Tricks for Azure File Shares

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As with any technology, when you first get started there are sometimes some bumps to getting the setup or installation correct. Those DOH moment. No matter how many times you read the administrators installation guide there may be some items … Continue Reading
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Microsoft Azure Hub-Spoke model by Enterprise Design 1 of 4 Azure Cloud

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Azure Hub-Spoke Architecture This Enterprise reference architecture shows how to implement a hub-spoke topology in Azure. The hub is a virtual network (VNet) in Azure that acts as a central point of connectivity to your on-premises network. The spokes are … Continue Reading
Does Disabling User/Computer GPO Settings Make Processing Quicker?

Does Disabling User/Computer GPO Settings Make Processing Quicker?

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Hi everyone! Graeme Bray with you again today to talk about an age old discussion point. Does Group Policy process quicker if you disable the User/Computer sections of a specific policy? We’re going to walk through my lab setup, grabbing … Continue Reading

You want to PXE Boot? Don’t use DHCP Options.

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Booting from the network using the PXE protocol involves a simple series of DHCP packets. There are three parties involved: the DHCP server, the PXE server, and the client. The client broadcasts a DHCP packet asking for the address of … Continue Reading
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Step-by-Step: How to Trigger an Email Alert from Windows Performance Monitor

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Windows Performance Counter Alerts can be configured to be triggered on any Performance Monitor (Perfmon) Counter through the use of a User Defined Data Collector Set. However, if you wish to be notified via email when an Alert is triggered … Continue Reading
Updates to the application approval process in Configuration Manager

Updates to the application approval process in Configuration Manager

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First published on CLOUDBLOGS on Aug 30, 2018 One of the important scenarios for application management is providing a controlled installation and uninstallation process for software that requires approval. In the last few releases of Configuration Manager (current branch) we’ve … Continue Reading

OSD Video Tutorial: Part 23 – Nested Task Sequences

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First published on TECHNET on Aug 22, 2018 This session is part twenty-three of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. We are posting these a little out of the order that Steven originally recorded them … Continue Reading

OSD Video Tutorial: Part 14 – Pre-staged Media

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First published on TECHNET on Aug 17, 2018 This session is part fourteen of an ongoing series focusing on Operating System Deployment in Configuration Manager. In it, Steven discusses the pre-staged media option for image deployment. The discussion includes a … Continue Reading