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SQL Server 2017 achieves top TPC benchmarks for OLTP and DW on Linux and Windows

Once again, SQL Server 2017 has led the pack with three new TPC benchmarks published in April 2019, ranking SQL Server 2017 as the fastest database for online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehouse (DW) workloads on Windows and Linux ... continue reading

5/14: Hyper-V HyperClear Update

Four new speculative execution side channel vulnerabilities were announced today and affect a wide array of Intel processors. The list of affected processors includes Intel Xeon, Intel Core, and Intel Atom models. These vulnerabilities are referred to as CVE-2018-12126 Microarchitectural ... continue reading

It’s all the buzz! HCI in your Windows Server environment

This blog post was authored by Dianna Marks, Product Marketing Manager, Windows Server Marketing. HCI is all the buzz nowadays! What exactly is HCI? Spelled out its hyperconverged infrastructure, also referred to as the software defined data center (SDDC). It ... continue reading
Synthetic Accelerations in a Nutshell – Windows Server 2016

Synthetic Accelerations in a Nutshell – Windows Server 2016

Hi folks, Dan Cuomo back for our next installment in this blog series on synthetic accelerations. Windows Server 2016 marked an inflection point in the synthetic acceleration world on Windows, so in this article we’ll talk about the architectural changes, ... continue reading
Synthetic Accelerations in a Nutshell - Windows Server 2012 R2

Synthetic Accelerations in a Nutshell – Windows Server 2012 R2

Hi Folks, Dan Cuomo back for our next installment in this blog series on synthetic accelerations. This time we’ll cover Windows Server 2012 R2. If you haven’t already read the first post on Server 2012, I’d recommend reviewing that before ... continue reading

Security baseline (DRAFT) for Windows 10 v1903 and Windows Server v1903

Microsoft is pleased to announce the draft release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 version 1903 (a.k.a., “19H1”), and for Windows Server version 1903. Please evaluate these proposed baselines and send us your feedback via blog comments ... continue reading
Synthetic Accelerations in a Nutshell – Windows Server 2012

Synthetic Accelerations in a Nutshell – Windows Server 2012

Hi Folks, Dan Cuomo here to talk about the state of synthetic accelerations (sometimes synonymous with VMQ) on Windows Server. This is the first in a series of posts covering synthetic accelerations on 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, and 2019. We ... 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
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Changes to Ticket-Granting Ticket (TGT) Delegation Across Trusts in Windows Server (CIS edition)

Hello Everyone! Allen Sudbring here, Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft. Today I'm putting a post out to get some critical information to everyone who supports Windows Server and Active Directory Domain Services. If you haven’t seen the KB article that ... continue reading
How NOT to test the Windows Time Service

How NOT to test the Windows Time Service

Hi Everybody, Dan Cuomo back to talk about testing the Windows Time service for High Accuracy time. The Windows Time service has grown exponentially during our last couple releases. In “the old days” time was merely an enabler to Active ... continue reading