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What the heck is the File Server “role” in Windows Server???

Heya folks, Ned here again. Today I clear up an old idiosyncrasy of Windows Server: if the SMB Server service is always installed, why is there a role called "File Server" and what does enabling it do? Let's... role ;) ... continue reading
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Log Sensor & Telemetry Services in Isolated Network

Dear IT Pros, We knew that it is normal for Domain Controller and critical servers to be in isolated network without internet access. How could we provide the cloud-based, Azure log analytic services for these objects? The services could originate ... continue reading
Azure Arc for Developers

Azure Arc for Developers

Azure Arc and the Azure control plane enables developers to build hybrid and mutlicloud architectures for their applications. Taking advantage of the Azure control plane to manage infrastructure and allows to deploy Azure services anywhere. This allows customers to build ... continue reading
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Register the Azure AD Connect Health for ADDS Agent via Service Principal

Hi everyone! Graeme Bray back with you for a new journey.  Today's adventure is to leverage an Azure AD Service Principal to register  the Azure AD Connect Health agent (ADDS or ADFS) with the portal, rather than utilizing a Cloud-only MFA exempt account (specifically ... continue reading
Azure Firewall Premium capabilities

Next-generation firewall capabilities with Azure Firewall Premium

This post was co-authored by Gopikrishna Kannan, Principal Program Manager, Azure Networking and Suren Jamiyanaa, Program Manager 2, Azure Networking. Following the preview release announced in February 2021, we are announcing the general availability release of Microsoft Azure Firewall Premium ... continue reading
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Diagnosing Network Isolation Issues

Hi all, Will Aftring here from Windows Networking Support. I wanted to chat about how Network Isolation interacts with Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications and how / why you may want to alter some of these settings in respect to ... continue reading
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TLS and SQL Server Reporting Services: An Interesting Interaction

Our guest blogger, Lex Thomas, writes about ASCENT cases that are escalated and require networking expertise, usually with tracing. He joins us today to hopefully save everyone some troubleshooting time. Edited with added context by Jarred Mooney, Customer Engineer. Today ... continue reading
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Windows 10 – All Things About Application Guard

Hi IT Professionals, While working on a Customers ‘requests on Windows Defender Application Guard related to Microsoft Endpoint Manager – Attack Surface Reduction Policies, I could not find an up-to-date and detailed document from internet search. I have ended up ... continue reading
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How-To: Automated Company-Wide IP Blocking via Azure Firewall and Azure Functions

Summary One of the top 10 Azure consuming companies has multiple country government-mandated requirements to block egress to and ingress from IP addresses and IP address ranges on a dynamic embargoed/sanctioned IP list. In other words, various country governments across ... continue reading

How purple teams can embrace hacker culture to improve security

The security community is continuously changing, growing, and learning from each other to better position the world against cyber threats. In the latest Voice of the Community blog series post, Microsoft Product Marketing Manager Natalia Godyla talks with Matthew Hickey, co-founder, CEO, and writer for Hacker ... continue reading