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When running SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines using Azure Hybrid Benefit, you are entitled to license one additional passive secondary instance of SQL Server for High Availability for free and one additional passive instance of SQL Server for Disaster Recovery for free.

New SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines and Azure SQL Managed Instance DR benefits

Customers who are running their SQL Server workloads using SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines and Azure SQL Managed Instance are now eligible for new high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) benefits. These are in addition to existing HA/DR ... continue reading
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Link feature for Azure SQL Managed Instance: Connecting SQL Server 2022 to the cloud, reimagined

Part of theSQL Server 2022 blog series.We are excited to announce general availability (GA) of the link feature for Managed Instance for SQL Server 2022the most Azure-enabled release of SQL Server yet. We are also excited to announce a limited ... continue reading
New “Prestige” ransomware impacts organizations in Ukraine and Poland

New “Prestige” ransomware impacts organizations in Ukraine and Poland

The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) has identified evidence of a novel ransomware campaign targeting organizations in the transportation and related logistics industries in Ukraine and Poland utilizing a previously unidentified ransomware payload. We observed this new ransomware, which labels ... continue reading

Backup and restore to URL for S3-compatible object storage

Part of the SQL Server 2022 blog series.Backup and restore to simple storage service (S3)compatible object storage is a new feature introduced in SQL Server 2022 that grants the user the capability to back up or restore their databases using S3-compatible ... continue reading
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How to determine what devices are connecting to a storage account

Introduction Have you ever wondered how to determine if any devices are still using a storage account blob, file, table, or queues? In this blog post I will talk about the process of setting up monitoring to understand if/what devices ... continue reading
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Modernizing Endpoint Management – Encryption – Part 2

Introduction: In part 1, we saw how to use MEM portal to view and recover Bitlocker recovery keys for ConfigMgr clients that are tenant attached. In part 2 of this blog, we will see how to migrate Bitlocker keys to ... continue reading
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CIS Tech Community-Check This Out! (CTO!) Guide (July 2022)

Hi everyone! Brandon Wilson here once again with this month’s “Check This Out!” (CTO!) guide. These posts are only intended to be your guide, to lead you to some content of interest, and are just a way we are trying ... continue reading
A screenshot of the ransom noted displayed by the H0lyGh0st ransomware. The page has a white background with black text, and presents information on how the ransomware victim can restore their files.

North Korean threat actor targets small and midsize businesses with H0lyGh0st ransomware

A group of actors originating from North Korea that Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) tracks as DEV-0530 has been developing and using ransomware in attacks since June 2021. This group, which calls itself H0lyGh0st, utilizes a ransomware payload with the ... continue reading
Creating a new database on a SQL Server 2019 machine took over 17.204 seconds where the same database creation script took just over 1 second on SQL Server 2022.

Improve scalability with Buffer Pool Parallel Scan in SQL Server 2022

This blog post is part of the SQL Server 2022 blog series.Buffer Pool Parallel Scan is a new feature in SQL Server 2022 that improves the scalability of several common scenarios in SQL Server and as a result, could significantly ... continue reading

What is desktop as a service (DaaS) and how can it help your organization?

Today’s workers want the freedom to respond to email and collaborate with colleagues from anywhere, on any device—whether they’re working at their kitchen table, at the airport waiting for their flight to board, or in the carpool line waiting for ... continue reading