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New Azure blueprint for CIS Benchmark

We’ve released our newest Azure blueprint that maps to another key industry-standard, the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Microsoft Azure Foundations Benchmark. This follows the recent announcement of our Azure blueprint for FedRAMP moderate and adds to the growing list ... continue reading
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Turning to a new chapter of Windows Server innovation

Today, January 14, 2020, marks the end of support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Customers loved these releases, which introduced advancements such as the shift from 32-bit to 64-bit computing and server virtualization. While support for ... continue reading

How to build and deploy a containerized app to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Jay Gordon (@jaydestro) joins Donovan Brown (@donovanbrown) to show how to build a containerized React application and deploy it to production with Azure Kubernetes Service. He'll also show how to configure an Azure Active Directory service principal to enable Role-Based ... continue reading
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Integrate Microsoft cloud services with your Azure SQL Database managed instance

When you migrate your SQL Server data estate to Azure SQL Database managed instance, what you get is not just a good old SQL Server, secured and enriched with the newest features, and without a burden of managing backups, patching, ... continue reading

Tips for learning Azure in the new year

As 2020 is upon us, it's natural to take time and reflect back on the current year’s achievements (and challenges) and begin planning for the next year. One of our New Year’s resolutions was to continue live streaming software development ... continue reading
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Protect workloads still running on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

Over the last couple of years, we havesharedwhy it is business critical to migrate and upgrade apps and services running on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. As you are aware, on January 14th, 2020, support for Windows Server 2008 ... continue reading

Improvements to machine learning capabilities in SQL Server 2019

Many organizations seek to do more with their data than pump out dashboards and reports. Applying advanced analytical approaches such as machine learning is an essential arena of knowledge for any data professional. While database administrators (DBAs) don't necessarily have ... continue reading
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Hyper-V Powering Windows Features

December 2019 Hyper-V is Microsoft’s hardware virtualization technology that initially released with Windows Server 2008 to support server virtualization and has since become a core component of many Microsoft products and features. These features range from enhancing security to empowering ... continue reading

Tools and commands for running SQL Server 2019 on Linux

Organizations that embraced the option to run Microsoft SQL Server 2017 on Linux have been looking forward to the release of SQL Server 2019. Regardless of which operating system (OS) you choose, it's the same SQL Server database code, and ... continue reading
Environment Tracing and Build Annotations with Azure Pipelines

Environment Tracing and Build Annotations with Azure Pipelines

The numbers show, using continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) solutions for delivering software and cloud infrastructure improve deployment reliability, recoverability, and agility. In addition to these great benefits, CI/CD produces many byproducts that are also useful. One of these ... continue reading