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The move to Azure Cosmos DB led to a 4x improvement in average query speeds.

Microsoft 365 boosts usage analytics with Azure Cosmos DB – Part 2

This post is part of a 2-part series about how organizations are using Azure Cosmos DB to meet real world needs, and the difference it’s making for them. In part 1, we explored the challenges that led the Microsoft 365 ... continue reading
Data flow of architecture (using MongoDB as a primary data store).

Microsoft 365 boosts usage analytics with Azure Cosmos DB

This post is part of a 2-part series about how organizations are using Azure Cosmos DB to meet real-world needs, and the difference it’s making for them. In this first post we explore the challenges that led the Microsoft 365 ... continue reading
Announcing the all new Attack Surface Analyzer 2.0

Announcing the all new Attack Surface Analyzer 2.0

Few of us know what is really happening on our systems when we install new software from new or untrusted sources. This is important because most installation processes require elevated privileges, which can lead to undesired system configuration changes. Knowing ... continue reading
The case of (Un)Explained :ConfigMgr SQL Always ON – Upgrade to 1902 with Certificate backup Error using Listener Name

The case of (Un)Explained :ConfigMgr SQL Always ON – Upgrade to 1902 with Certificate backup Error using Listener Name

Hi there! Here is an interesting one (in case you encounter one), Where the upgrade to 1902 for a SQL AO infra was failing with the below error - CONFIGURATION_MANAGER_UPDATE 28292 (0x6e84) Create_BackupSQLCert : SQL server failed to backup cert ... continue reading
How To Create a Self Signed Certificate in Azure using Cloud Shell

How To Create a Self Signed Certificate in Azure using Cloud Shell

Often we need self signed certificates when spinning up test apps or other workload in Azure. Rather than mucking about with makecert.exe and uploading the relevant certificate files to Azure or configuring a temporary certificate from a CA that you ... continue reading
Grafana dashboard using Azure Monitor as a data source to display metrics for Contoso dev environment.

Deploying Grafana for production deployments on Azure

This blog is co-authored by Nick Lopez, Technical Advisor at Microsoft. Grafana is one of the popular and leading open source tools for visualizing time series metrics. Grafana has quickly become the preferred visualization tool of choice for developers and ... continue reading
Azure AD Mailbag: Windows Hello for business

Azure AD Mailbag: Windows Hello for business

Greetings! It’s another Friday, so it’s time for another Azure AD mailbag and today we’ll be looking at Windows Hello questions. It is my favorite and most used form of authentication on my Surface devices. Windows Hello is one of ... continue reading
Azure AD Mailbag: MFA Q&A, Round 8!

Azure AD Mailbag: MFA Q&A, Round 8!

Hey y'all, Mark back for another quick MFA (multi-factor authentication) mailbag. Now I know what you might be thinking: another MFA mailbag? Where are the others? Didn't you just start this up? Well, you might not know that we've done ... continue reading
Two women sitting together at a desk working on an Azure Sphere device

Azure Sphere ecosystem accelerates innovation

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to help businesses cut costs and create new revenue streams, but it also brings an unsettling amount of risk. No one wants a fridge that gets shut down by ransomware, a toy that spies ... continue reading
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So what exactly is the CLIUSR account

From time to time, people stumble across the local user account called CLIUSR and wonder what it is, while you really don’t need to worry about it; we will cover it for the curious in this blog. The CLIUSR account ... continue reading