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PowerShell Extension for Visual Studio Code June 2022 Update

We are excited to announce that an update to the PowerShell Extension for Visual Studio Code is now available on the extension marketplace. This release fixes a number of issues related to IntelliSense and enables updates to PowerShell Editor Services (the ... continue reading

CIS Tech Community-Check This Out! (CTO!) Guide (June 2022)

  Hi everyone! Brandon Wilson here to introduce you to a new series of posts, called the “Check This Out!” series (or “CTO!” for short). These posts are only intended to be a guide to lead you to some content ... continue reading
Adding optional font packages to Windows containers

Adding optional font packages to Windows containers

Customer feedback is the main driver for the Windows container team when planning new features and improvements to the platform. Since we launched containers in Windows Server 2016, customers have told us how a slim container image impacts the overall ... continue reading

Hosting PowerShell in a Python script

Yes Virginia, languages other than PowerShell do exist. I was working with a partner group here at Microsoft and they explained that they wanted to parse PowerShell scripts from Python. Their natural approach was to invoke the PowerShell executable and ... continue reading

PSReadLine 2.2.6 enables Predictive Intellisense by default

PSReadLine first introduced Predictive IntelliSense using History based suggestions as a customer enabled feature in November 2020. Since its introduction, two new predictors have become available: An experimental PowerShell CompletionPredictor The Az.Tools.Predictor for Azure PowerShell Today, we are announcing that ... continue reading

VM Backup Tiering with Azure Automation

Hi folks! My name is Felipe Binotto, Senior Azure Customer Engineer, based in Australia. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how you can have different Backup Tiers for your VMs and how you can automate the backup configuration ... continue reading
A screenshot of the Backup via URL GUI on Azure Data Studio.

What’s new with SQL Tools

Hello community, the June release of Azure Data Studio 1.37 is here! We are also excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.12. In this Azure Data Studio release, backup and restore to URL was introduced ... continue reading
Image of object explorer for SQL Server Management Studio 19 connected to SQL Server 2022.

Recapping recent updates to client tools in SQL Server

Hello from the SQL Experiences team! As a follow-up to Microsoft Build at the end of May, we thought it was a good time to highlight recent updates for client tools, as we've had quite a few.SQL Server Management StudioFirst, ... continue reading
Associating a WAF policy to an Azure Front Door

Simplify and centralize network security management with Azure Firewall Manager

We are excited to share that Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF) policy and Azure DDoS Protection plan management in Microsoft Azure Firewall Manager is now generally available. With an increasing need to secure cloud deployments through a Zero Trust approach, ... continue reading
Screenshot of BlackCat ransomware deployment options and subcommands with corresponding descriptions.

The many lives of BlackCat ransomware

The BlackCat ransomware, also known as ALPHV, is a prevalent threat and a prime example of the growing ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) gig economy. It’s noteworthy due to its unconventional programming language (Rust), multiple target devices and possible entry points, and affiliation ... continue reading