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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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Windows network performance suffering from bad buffering

Daniel Havey, Praveen Balasubramanian Windows telemetry results have indicated that a significant number of data connections are using the SO_RCVBUF and/or the SO_SNDBUF winsock options to statically allocate TCP buffers. There are many websites that recommend setting the TCP buffers ... continue reading
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Install System Center Configuration Manager version 1702/1704 #SCCM #Sysctr

In the past 6 months I haven’t done much with SCCM only sideways jobs but with all the new features in the Preview Branch SCCM will survive the Cloud. as it moves more and more to the cloud and integrates ... continue reading
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Configuring Email Notification for Configuration Manager Reports

This blog is a step-by-step example for the configuration of email notification for Configuration Manager Reports and well as for deleting the email subscriptions. We will also cover a bit of background changes (like in database & SSRS Config file) ... continue reading

Known Lock Screen issues with Creator’s Update (1703)

One of our regular contributors, Kim Johnson, has written a blog titled “Known Lock Screen issues with Creator’s Update (1703)“. You can read the blog here ... continue reading
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Windows Defender ATP thwarts Operation WilySupply software supply chain cyberattack

Several weeks ago, the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) research team noticed security alerts that demonstrated an intriguing attack pattern. These early alerts uncovered a well-planned, finely orchestrated cyberattack that targeted several high-profile technology and financial organizations ... continue reading
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Using Hyper-V Resource Pools to ease migration between different configurations

Today I was asked about the following configuration: A user has a stretched Hyper-V cluster running between two datacenters. This stretched cluster is sitting on top of replicated storage. However, the storage appears in a different location on either side ... continue reading
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Windows Server 2016 Core Licensing SOLVED!

In this video Mark Cadiz from Lenovo and Eric Mills from Microsoft talk through how the new core licensing model works with Windows Server 2016. There are a few concepts to keep in mind that make this new licensing model ... continue reading

Performance Tuning Windows Server 2016

While we were working on developing Windows Server 2016 – we had a team dedicated to testing the many aspects of the performance of Windows. We rely heavily on this team to make sure that we are continuously improving our ... continue reading
(Part 1) DevOps with Containers: How to Leverage Container virtualization technology for a Better DevOps Experience

(Part 1) DevOps with Containers: How to Leverage Container virtualization technology for a Better DevOps Experience

Container virtualization technology and tools have enabled a variety of organizations, large or small, to accelerate their application delivery cycle. The traditional application development process is to write code, debug code in a local development environment, check-in code, and wait ... continue reading

DSC Configuration Sharing

The community around DSC Resources has been inspiring. The PowerShell Gallery now includes more than 2000 modules/scripts. 181 of those are modules focused on DSC, that collectively include 766 DSC Resources. With this many building blocks available, it has become ... continue reading
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SQL Server community-driven enhancements in SQL Server 2017

This post was authored by the SQL Server Tiger Team Although SQL Server 2016 runs faster, SQL Server 2017 promises to run even faster and empower customers to run smarter with intelligent database features like the ability to run advanced ... continue reading
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Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2016

Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of the Windows Server 2016 Performance Tuning Guide. This updated guide provides a comprehensive collection of technical articles with practical guidance for IT professionals and server administrators responsible for monitoring and tuning ... continue reading

KB: Configuration Manager clients reinstall every five hours because of a recurring retry task and may cause an inadvertent client upgrade

A Microsoft System Center 2012 or System Center 2012 R2 client installation (CCMSetup) initially fails and causes a client retry task to be registered in Windows Task Scheduler. After the client installation succeeds, the retry task is not deleted as ... continue reading
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Introduction to Microsoft Hyper-V

Hyper-V is Microsoft's enterprise-class hypervisor included in Windows Server 2016 Essentials, Standard and Datacenter. Join us in this introductory video to learn how to install Hyper-V, create a virtual machine, assign resources, and how to manage it. [1:28] DEMO: Hyper-V ... continue reading
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“You Shall Not Regress!!!” – How SQL Server 2017 prevents plan regressions?

SQL plan regression is a case when a T-SQL query that executed fine becomes much slower or uses more resources because the underlying SQL plan changed. SQL Server 2017 would not allow that kind of regressions if you enable new ... continue reading
Windows 10 Memory Protection Features

Windows 10 Memory Protection Features

Hello, Paul Bergson back again with a discussion on the newly built-in memory protection features provided in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. I refer to Win10 throughout the document, but this is just for brevity sake. For a complete ... continue reading
What's New in Networking for Windows Server 2016?

Windows Server 2016 – Azure-Inspired Software Defined Networking (SDN) in YOUR Datacenter!

The Azure-inspired Software Defined Networking (SDN) 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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Leverage PowerShell Just Enough Administration for your Helpdesk

[Today’s guest post was authored by Dan Cuomo based on a real-world application of JEA] Hi Folks — Platforms PFE Dan Cuomo here to talk about one method to enable the use of Just Enough Administration for your helpdesk administrators ... continue reading
What's New in Networking for Windows Server 2016?

Windows Server 2016 – Azure-Inspired Software Defined Networking (SDN) in YOUR Datacenter!

The Azure-inspired Software Defined Networking (SDN) 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

How to find query plan choice regressions with SQL Server 2017 CTP2

SQL Server 2017 in CTP2.0  version automatically identifies potential performance regressions in SQL queries, enables you to easily find potential issues, and gives you information what should you do to fix the issue. In CTP2.0 version is added new system ... continue reading
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Graph Data Processing with SQL Server 2017

SQL Server is trusted by many customers for enterprise-grade, mission-critical workloads that store and process large volumes of data. Technologies like in-memory OLTP and columnstore have also helped our customers to improve application performance many times over. But when it ... continue reading
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Combating a spate of Java malware with machine learning in real-time

In recent weeks, we have seen a surge in emails carrying fresh malicious Java (.jar) malware that use new techniques to evade antivirus protection. But with our research team’s automated expert systems and machine learning models, Windows 10 PCs get ... continue reading
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Introducing Interleaved Execution for Multi-Statement Table Valued Functions

For SQL Server vNext and Azure SQL Database, the Microsoft Query Processing team is introducing a new set of adaptive query processing improvements to help fix performance issues that are due to poor cardinality estimates. Improvements in the adaptive query ... continue reading

Python in SQL Server 2017: enhanced in-database machine learning

We are excited to share the preview release of in-database analytics and machine learning with Python in SQL Server. Python is one of the most popular languages for data science and has a rich ecosystem of powerful libraries. Starting with ... continue reading
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Delivering AI with data: the next generation of Microsoft’s data platform

This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Data Group Leveraging intelligence out of the ever-increasing amounts of data can make the difference between being the next market disruptor or being relegated to the pages of history ... continue reading

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