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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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Loading files from Azure Blob Storage into Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database enables you to directly load files stored on Azure Blob Storage using the BULK INSERT T-SQL command and OPENROWSET function. WITH (DATA_SOURCE = 'MyAzureBlobStorageAccount'); BULK INSERT is existing command in T-SQL language that enables you to load files from file system into a table.continue reading
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Windows Server 2016 Setting port priority Adjusting the Network #Protocol Bindings multiple networks #winserv

When building complex network configurations with Server 2016 you will need to adjust sometimes configuration settings that are not that easily to change in the GUI. Suppose I have a big S2D cluster Or a NLB farm In this configuration ... continue reading

How to Navigate through the new Windows Update Model

Windows as a service provides a new way to think about building, deploying, and servicing the Windows operating system. The Windows as a service model is focused on continually providing new capabilities and updates while maintaining a high level of ... continue reading
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(Part 1) Windows Server 2016 – Shielded Virtual Machines Overview

In this video we will take a look at the new security feature in Windows Server 2016 – Shielded Virtual Machines. This feature is much more than just encryption but rather a Hyper-V powered virtualization guarded fabric that brings a ... continue reading

SQL Server 2016 Developer Edition in Windows Containers

We are excited to announce the public availability of SQL Server 2016 SP1 Developer Edition in Windows Containers! The image is now available on Docker Hub and the build scripts are hosted on our GitHub repository. This image can be ... continue reading
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Nano Server Native Project Template now on Visual Studio Gallery

The Visual Studio project template for developing C++ applications targeting Nano Server is now available on the Visual Studio Marketplace (search on "nano"). The template supports both Visual Studio 2015 and 2017. The core of the extension is identical to ... continue reading
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OMS in CSP

A lot of CSP partners ask about OMS availability in CSP. In this article I'll show what OMS components are available in CSP and how to use them. Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) includes several management solutions for hybrid cloud ... continue reading
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SQL Server on Linux: Mission-critical HADR with Always On Availability Groups

This post was authored by Mihaela Blendea, Senior Program Manager, SQL Server In keeping with our goal to enable the same High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions on all platforms supported by SQL Server, today Microsoft is excited to announce ... continue reading

Demo: Discover MP updates and recommendations, and tune MP alerts

In this video tutorial you will see how you can use the automated management pack (MP) updates and recommendation tool, provided by System Center 2016 Operations Manager, to see MPs that are partially installed, need an update, or recommended based ... continue reading
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Deploying IaaS VM Guest Clusters in Microsoft Azure

Authors: Rob Hindman and Subhasish Bhattacharya, Program Manager, Windows Server In this blog I am going to discuss deployment considerations and scenarios for IaaS VM Guest Clusters in Microsoft Azure. A guest cluster in Microsoft Azure is a Failover Cluster ... continue reading

Parsing 4GB JSON with SQL Server

SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL Database enable you to parse JSON text and transform it into tabular format. In this post, you might see that JSON functions can handle very large JSON text – up to 4GB. First, I ... continue reading
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#Microsoft System Center 2016 Management Pack for Microsoft #Azure #Sysctr #SCOM

The Management Pack for Microsoft Azure enables you to monitor the availability and performance of Azure resources that are running on Microsoft Azure. The management pack runs on a specified server pool, and then uses Microsoft Azure REST APIs to ... continue reading

Exporting tables from SQL Server in json line-delimited format using BCP.exe

Line-delimited JSON is one common format used to exchange data between systems and for streaming JSON data. SQL Server can be used to export content of tables into line-delimited JSON format. Line-delimited JSON is a variation of JSON format where all ... continue reading
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Replicate Hyper-V virtual machines to #Azure using Azure Site Recovery #ASR #BCDR #winserv #Cloud #MSOMS

Site Recovery is an Azure service that contributes to your business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy. Site Recovery orchestrates replication of on-premises physical servers and virtual machines to the cloud (Azure), or to a secondary datacenter. When outages occur ... continue reading
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(Part 1) Windows Server 2016 Nano Server: Overview

Windows Server 2016 Nano Server is a cool new deployment option that has a very small operating system footprint that is very secure, very fast and efficient and only has a limited set of features that you want to include ... continue reading
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Hyper-V vs. KVM for OpenStack performance

During the development of Windows Server 2016 we spent a lot of time working on delivering the best core performance as a cloud platform. At the same time the Cloudbase team have spent a lot of time optimizing the performance ... continue reading
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Improve Speed and Reduce Overhead with Containers in Windows Server 2016

Learn about how containers work in Windows Server 2016 and how they can be used to increase speed, workload density and decrease server overhead to create a more efficient server environment. Workload candidate and security options are also discussed to ... continue reading
Building Microservices on Azure: How to Get Started with the Application Revolution Powered by the Cloud

Building Microservices on Azure: How to Get Started with the Application Revolution Powered by the Cloud

Software Methodologies, process, patterns, platform, and devices are constantly evolving. Fast, agile, inexpensive, and massively scalable infrastructure, is improving operational efficiency and enabling faster-time-to-value across industries. However, many companies are finding that making their applications highly available, scalable and agile ... continue reading
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Windows Server 2016 With Hyper-v Yellow exclamation on Microsoft Virtual Machine Bus #winserv #HyperV #Windows

Don’t you love it when you are running Hyper-v and you can adjust the VM en reboot your cluster and everything is redundant. Well except the VM after a reboot of the VM it has a Yellow exclamation on Microsoft ... continue reading
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Averting ransomware epidemics in corporate networks with Windows Defender ATP

Microsoft security researchers continue to observe ransomware campaigns blanketing the market and indiscriminately hitting potential targets. Unsurprisingly, these campaigns also continue to use email and the web as primary delivery mechanisms. Also, it appears that most corporate victims are simply ... continue reading
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Azure subscription rights challenge in CSP

Let's imagine a situation when you are a CSP Partner and you provide Azure services to your customer. Customer purchases Office 365 licenses from another reseller (e.g. under Enterprise Agreement), and that reseller is a managing partner (delegated admin) for ... continue reading
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Phishers unleash simple but effective social engineering techniques using PDF attachments

The Gmail phishing attack is reportedly so effective that it tricks even technical users, but it may be just the tip of the iceberg. We’re seeing similarly simple but clever social engineering tactics using PDF attachments. These deceitful PDF attachments ... continue reading
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Detecting threat actors in recent German industrial attacks with Windows Defender ATP

When a Germany-based industrial conglomerate disclosed in December 2016 that it was breached early that year, the breach was revealed to be a professionally run industrial espionage attack. According to the German press, the intruders used the Winnti family of ... continue reading
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Massive Performance Gains in Hyper V with Windows Server 2016

Watch this video to learn about the huge performance improvements made available with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016. This video covers the specific performance enhancements, what kinds of new virtualization workloads this makes available for such as SQL, the ease ... continue reading
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Get Started here with Microsoft log #Analytics for Hybrid Environment #MSOMS #Azure #HybridCloud #Sysctr

Learn how to use Log Analytics in the Operations Management Suite to collect and analyze data generated by resources in your cloud and on-premises environments. Tutorials and other documentation show you how to get real-time insights across your workloads and ... continue reading
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Hardening Windows 10 with zero-day exploit mitigations

Cyberattacks involving zero-day exploits happen from time to time, affecting different platforms and applications. Over the years, Microsoft security teams have been working extremely hard to address these attacks. While delivering innovative solutions like Windows Defender Application Guard, which provides ... continue reading
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First Look Into Blockchain: How to Develop, Test, and Deploy Blockchain Applications

Blockchain is an emerging way for businesses, industries, and public organizations to almost instantaneously make and verify transactions — streamlining business processes, saving money, and reducing the potential for fraud.At its core, a blockchain is a data structure that’s used ... continue reading

Columnstore Index Performance: SQL Server 2016 – Multiple Aggregates

SQL product team has made significant improvements in columnstore index functionality, supportability and performance during SQL Server 2016 based on the feedback from customers. This blog series focuses on the performance improvements done as part of SQL Server 2016. Customers ... continue reading
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SQL Server R Services – Why did we build it?

Author: Nellie Gustafsson This is the first post in a series of blog posts about SQL Server R Services. We want to take you behind the scenes and explain why we have built this feature and deep dive into how ... continue reading
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Quickly deploy RDS 2016 in Azure

In this post I'll show how to deploy a minimal Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services farm in Azure in 20 minutes using Azure Resource Manager template. Such farm will be enough to provide Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) for 5 to 100 ... continue reading